Amplifiers from Powersoft have been installed on the MS My Wish, a Croatia-based cruise ship designed to provide an intimate experience for 38 guests. The “yacht-like” ship features a restaurant, large sundeck, rooftop hot tub and a swimming platform for access to the Adriatic ocean. The brief for the audio system was to provide outstanding sonic quality without compromising on size. “The Mezzo 324 and Mezzo 604 were perfect for the job,” said Captain Marin Crncic of the MS My Wish.
The Mezzo series is Powersoft’s answer to providing the same sound clarity, reliability and build quality in a smaller install amplifier – just half of the rack unit form factor. All models come with built-in DSP. It has two power sizes with a two- or four-channel output. The Mezzo, in its smaller versions, is a sealed design and approved for hidden placement, such as mounted above a ceiling or tucked into wall box.
“The ship required an audio system that could be spread over 12 zones and could be adjusted accordingly,” said Crncic. “One of the most demanding areas is the sun deck, which uses two subwoofers, six ceiling all-weather speakers and two professional two-ways for the jacuzzi, and the Mezzo handles it perfectly. It also simplified the process massively due to the built-in DSP, which helped tune the system.”
The system needed to allow for alternative audio content, accommodating the different zones where audio was required, such as the main saloon, lounge and two rear decks. Audiotehnika chose to go with a wi-fi-controlled system, meaning that crew members on the ship could monitor the system regardless of location and, if need be, change the audio.
“The speakers can play a variety of audio – CDs, USB and radio – and can be played in each zone independently, which was a key part to the design,” said Crncic. “It allows us to tailor the music to different areas of the ship.”
The audio design also allows for microphone input. In the five main zones of the ship, the crew can plug in a microphone and make announcements or provide tourist information, simplifying communications.
“When we tested the audio, we actually had a number of nearby boats approach and give positive feedback,” said Crncic. “So, we know for sure that the system is incredible!”