LEA Professional amps power The Beachcomber
Thursday, 8 July 2021
australiaThe Beachcomber Hotel & Resort
Australia - When popular Australian Hotel and Resort, The Beachcomber, decided to completely gut and upgrade their entire audio system ahead of their busy season, local supplier Pro Sound and Lighting called on LEA Professional to amplify and transform the space.
The Beachcomber Hotel & Resort, or as the locals call it 'The Beachie' is a waterfront destination located in the heart of the Central Coast, Toukley. The resort sits between two Great Lakes and the Pacific Ocean with nearly 100m of lake frontage and its own private pier. The sprawling complex was recently relaunched as a 4-star, 80-room resort offering multiple indoor and outdoor facilities.
To carry out the extensive renovation work, the resort relied on local production company Pro Sound and Lighting to provide a new audio system for the resort's gaming and sports bar, DJ area, outdoor area and hotel lobby areas.
Leonard Buckley, production manager at Pro Sound and Lighting, explained the demanding timeline of this project meant that the team was fighting against the clock and struggling with many manufacturers not having equipment on hand.
“This project had a particularly quick turnaround time, we needed to get the entire install done within the space of three or four weeks and couldn’t be held back because of equipment delays, '' commented Buckley. “One of the main reasons why we chose the LEA amps was because they were so easy to get our hands on and they were one of few companies with no supply chain issues.”
Ultimately the company decided to power the resort with five LEA Professional Dante Connect Series Amplifiers, including three of the Connect 354D, one Connect 702D and one Connect 704D.
For the Beachcomber Resort, Pro Sound and Lighting utilised QSYS and QSC speakers, InDesign box and ceiling speakers, Community speakers and Shure wireless systems.
“As the LEA amps can integrate with any kind of system, I wasn’t worried about investing in them without knowing what kind of system we would end up putting in the space,'' commented Buckley. “We didn't have to worry about what sort of system we were pairing with, and that's what made it so easy for us to use them, there was no special programming or training involved, everything talked to each other nice and simple.
“The very first thing I did with the amps was connect them to the cloud,” continued Buckley. “From the very first day of installing them I was able to remote monitor and see what was going on, it was really handy, especially as our office is a three-hour drive from the resort. We haven’t had any issues, the amplifiers have been flawless so far but the fact that the option to control them remotely is there, is really great.”
For Pro Sound and Lighting, this was their first time using LEA Professional amplifiers, yet because of the simple visual interface and resources provided by LEA, the team was able to install them quickly with no assistance. “Everything was so intuitive that I didn't need any assistance with getting everything going.”

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