Grand Hotel Kempinski, Riga

A short walk away from Riga’s tourist-friendly landmarks as the Latvian National Opera and Riga Dome Cathedral, the Grand Hotel Kempinski is one of the Latvian capital’s most prestigious and popular hotels. Featuring stunning 19th century architecture, the five-star destination is home to some distinctly 21st century technology, including sophisticated AV systems in its 141 luxury rooms/suites and multiple meeting and conference rooms.

As part of ongoing efforts to ensure that its personnel and guests have access to the most powerful and reliable new technologies, the hotel recently engaged the services of leading AV specialist 3S to implement a Dante media network. The new network – which connects multiple meeting rooms, bars and other public spaces to enable the fast and flexible distribution and sharing of content, including music – makes use of multiple Rio Series Dante-enabled I/O interfaces manufactured by Xilica.

“This is a very forward-looking implementation,” says Einars Cintins, who is Managing Director of 3S. “There is no analogue cabling at all and everything is travelling through Dante. We have input/output modules installed in a variety of different locations, plus Xilica Rio Series devices that accept Dante streams and convert them into analogue for the PA system.”

The Rio Series Dante-enabled I/O interface devices were designed to provide additional flexibility for Xilica’s Dante-enabled Neutrino-N and Uno-N processor models. However, as in this case, they can also be used as standalone interface devices with other Dante-enabled product brands.

At Grand Hotel Kempinski, 3S has made use of two primary products from the Rio Series: the R1616-N, which is a full-size, 1RU, 19” rack-mount Dante interface utilising premium grade mic preamps; and the R44-P (4×4 I/O) 1/4 rack chassis size Dante interface device.

“We needed interfaces that were capable and completely reliable,” says Cintins. “As soon as we started testing these devices we were sure that we would not have any trouble – and that has proven to be the case.”

In conjunction with the new Dante network, 3S has also installed a combined audio system capable of delivering multiple background music streams simultaneously as well as handling EN54 duties. The end-result, concludes Cintins, “is a much-enhanced infrastructure that really sets them up well for the future in terms of both current and expected requirements.”