Bucharest’s Hard Rock Café appointed Romanian integrator Paradigma Teknik to install Powersoft's Quattrocanali and Ottocanali amplifier platforms as part of a wider audio upgrade. Paradigma’s sales manager, Laura Angelescu, recommended a system of Martin Audio loudspeakers, and turned to Powersoft’s Romanian distributor AudioVision Store, for the amplification aspect of the installation. AudioVision’s Marius Craiu, explained: “We have a very strong relationship with Paradigma Technik. We have worked with them for many years and Powersoft aligns very well with Martin Audio for many reasons, but primarily because of the powerful DSP: a kind of Formula 1 for series cars.”
AudioVision specified Powersoft’s DSP+D versions of Ottocanali and Quattrocanali amplifier platforms to form the backbone for the restaurant’s multi-zoned audio system. Angelescu specified eight Martin Audio W8WDQs for the venue's stage supported by four WS218X subs, which Marius met respectively with the power of two 8-channel Ottocanali 12K4 DSP+D and a single Powersoft X4 DSP+D amplifiers. The seated dining zones of the restaurant are served by 23 channels from three Ottocanali 4K4 DSP+D amplifiers, driving 23 Martin Audio CDD8 ultra-compact two-way speakers, whilst the front fill is supplied by two high-output CDD12 speakers driven by a single Quattrocanali 4804 DSP+D amplifier platform. Eight MA W8WDQ loudspeaker systems are used for main tops, side fill and delays and bi-amplified by two Powersoft Ottocanali 12K4 DSP+D, while the LF uses four WS218X powered an X4 DSP+ D amplifier. The Quattrocanali series is Powersoft’s latest dedicated installation range which features what the company claims to be the lowest thermal dissipation in the industry.
It also employs the patented SRM (Smart Rails Management) technology for maximum system efficiency. Again, as with the Ottocanali series, Quattrocanali is designed to operate with lo-Z (from 2 Ω) and 70V/100V distributed lines or any mix of the two. Simple operator control of the entire system was one of the prime requirements from the installation. AudioVision specified Powersoft’s Armonía Pro Audio Suite software, which offers full and intuitive graphical control of Powersoft amplifiers via the web app, making the installed amplifier platforms remotely accessible and operable.
Craiu added: “The sound engineer can control the gains of some of the advanced groups, like subs, delays, main, front fill, side fill etc. This helps him achieve the desired power for low and hi frequencies and also for different areas.”