Mood Media looks to Bose® PowerMatch® 8500N configurable power amplifiers, ControlSpace® digital signal processing and CobraNet® digital audio interface cards for multi-zone audio distribution in shopping centers across the country
Bose installations have taken place in numerous Simon Property Group malls in North America
Mood Media, the world’s leading provider of retail music solutions and sound systems, is seeing recent growth in the design and installation of multi-zone distributed audio in shopping centers and other public locations. Mood Media has turned to components from Bose® Professional Systems, including PowerMatch® 8500N configurable power amplifiers, ControlSpace® digital signal processing (DSP) and PowerMatch CobraNet® digital audio interface cards, for many such installations in malls in the U.S. and Canada. Several of these projects have been in properties owned and managed by Simon Property Group.
Craig Breigle, Premier Systems Account Executive, Mood Media, based in Austin, TX, notes that the PowerMatch and ControlSpace products are chosen for their reliability, as well as the flexibility that comes from having several channels on the amp, a hallmark of PowerMatch. “The system configurations in these malls vary greatly from project to project. For example, sometimes we have a single ‘head-end’ control room, and sometimes there are two or three, depending on the size of the mall and other factors. We like having the option to bridge or not bridge PowerMatch amps based on the situation, not to mention the high number of channels per amp. We need an incredible amount of reliability and flexibility in the products we spec, and Bose PowerMatch amps and ControlSpace network cards are just the right building blocks for these systems.”
Breigle added, “The ControlSpace CobraNet cards add flexibility too, as we can put the cards right in the amp – when we have multiple head-end positions or have multiple buildings connected by nothing but a network, the CobraNet card helps us send those signals cleanly.”
Bose engineering personnel have worked closely with Mood Media on these projects, meeting together at the installation sites for initial planning stages all the way through fine-tuning once a system is up and running. Art Webster, VP Systems Sales, Mood Media, stated, “Those are extra steps that we don’t see done quite often in the industry. We also recently spent a few days testing the CobraNet solution at a test mall, and it got us all on the same page. We tested the solution and made sure everything worked with their network and made adjustments needed upfront before a round of new installations. And together we continually vet a system right though the end. We do our homework before, during and after, and it shows when these systems perform flawlessly time and time again.”
“We are proud to partner with Mood Media on the Simon Property Group installations and other projects,” stated Steve Miller, Manager, Major Accounts Group, Bose. “As one of the leading design and installation firms in the industry, Mood Media has a reputation for excellence, and it is gratifying that we can continue to contribute with our products and support.”