Opened in October 2021 and located in downtown Athens next to the Old Parliament, the hotel Xenodocheio Milos boasts 43 luxuriously designed guest rooms and suites. Athens’ newest boutique hotel is also home to estiatorio Milos, an elegant and refined restaurant that joins a select group of Milos restaurants already established in New York, Las Vegas, Miami and London, delivering executive chef and founder Costas Spiliadis’ world celebrated take on Mediterranean cuisine.
With the concept of ‘philoxenia’ – the sacred art of making a stranger feel at home – at the heart of the Milos customer offering, the quality and discreetness of the restaurant’s sound system are of particular importance. So the Milos group contacted trusted local AV and Hospitality Technology specialists Stereopark who turned to their colleagues IMA Audio Lighting, NEXO’s distributor in Greece, to design a system that could accommodate a challenging set of requirements.
“This had to be a high-quality system with even coverage of the restaurant, bar and terrace areas, with plenty of power to move from background music to DJ sound system”, reports IMA co-founder Michalis Asitzoglou. “NEXO ID14 was perfect for the job. The cabinets are extremely compact and the standard white versions blended seamlessly with the elegant and simple colour palette of the restaurant interior.
The companion subs are also very small, and we were able to build these into the walls so as not to impact at all into the dining space”.
As Michalis explains, use of NEXO’s NS-1 system configuration and simulation software was central to the system design. “The availability of multiple HF dispersion horn options made it possible to design a system capable of exceptionally even SPL and full frequency response coverage, and we were able to check our designs and calculations quickly and easily using NS-1.”
In total, the system comprises 26 ID14 cabinets with 12 IDS108 subs in the restaurant and bar areas, with a further 4 ID14s extending the system to the outdoor terrace. Power and processing come from an equally compact and discreet rack containing NEXO DTD controllers and 4-channel DTDAMPs.
“From the hotel and restaurant management to the architect, everyone was very happy with system” concludes Michalis. “The ID14 is almost invisible in the space, but it makes a big impact sonically.”
Commenting on behalf of estiatorio Milos, owner and manager John Fragos says “We have never heard a system with such a small footprint, but such a huge and well-controlled sound. It was also an ideal solution for our architects as the speakers don’t impinge into the space and the subs are built into the walls.
“Ilias Therioudakis at S.A.- Stereopark worked with Michalis Asitzoglou of IMA AUDIO LIGHTING to predict and present impressive results using the NEXO NS-1 software, and the installed system certainly meets our high expectations: Pleasant and warm, but discreet in all areas.
“I want to thank Ilias and Michalis for the unbelievable performance of the system and for their valuable cooperation in helping us complete the facilities here at estiatorio Milos.”
Photo Credit : Konstantin Pitsios