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YoungCapital headquarters installs adaptable Yamaha audio system

Systems integrator Ruben Haringsma designed a zoned system around the Yamaha MRX7-D matrix processor, amplifiers, speakers and a Dante network, which would make it possible to easily expand with additional hardware

YoungCapital, the largest recruitment agency for young people in the Netherlands, with 1300 employees at 35 locations, has installed Yamaha’s networked audio system at its headquarters.

YoungCapital’s headquarters is located in the town of Hoofddorp and holds 350 staff.

In 2018, the company embarked on a major project to update the facilities, including the installation of Yamaha’s networked audio system.

The system had to cover the reception area, restaurant, a hall/meeting space, an ‘urban’ environment (with moveable walls to create one large room, two medium rooms or four small ones), a gym, an outside terrace and nine restroom areas.

YoungCapital’s IT project manager Elwin van de Beek contacted Ruben Haringsma of Soest-based installation company HiFi Choice to discuss the company’s needs. These included online streaming music sources, local inputs at various locations, ease of use and the ability to easily expand the system for new applications.

Haringsma designed a zoned system around the Yamaha MRX7-D matrix processor, amplifiers, speakers and a Dante network, which would make it possible to easily expand with additional hardware. He found that new ideas and applications were regularly being requested, meaning he had to expand the system even while installing it.

Three remotely-controlled WXAD-10 wireless streaming adaptors feed music to every zone, with a fourth feeding the gym. The ‘urban’ environment includes additional Aux inputs for laptops or other external audio devices, while the reception and restaurant areas have inputs for a laptop presentation or DJ to plug in to the system.

Yamaha’s increasing range of ceiling and surface mounted installation loudspeakers meant that Haringsma could ensure high quality sound was delivered to the different acoustic environments of the various spaces, with the entire system controlled by five DCP series digital control panels and the wireless DCP app. With the company’s age demographic in mind, there is a ‘party-mode’ preset to relay DJ sets throughout the building.

“It’s a very versatile system, able to deliver a range of source audio and the full dynamic range of the EDM, favoured by many of YoungCapital’s staff and clients to any area, including the outside terrace,” said Haringsma. “At the same time, it is so flexible that I was able to accommodate expansion requests even while the installation was under way. YoungCapital is a fast-growing business and the system expansion is ongoing.”

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