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SOLUTIONS: SUPERYACHT LUNAR


The yacht has been fitted out to an extremely high standard throughout


Smooth sailing


THERE’S PERHAPS no more suitable environment for invisible loudspeakers than a superyacht. Not only is space at a premium, as on board all ocean-going craft, but with the interior finished to a very high standard, it’s good that there is no visual intrusion from the audio equipment. That’s certainly the case


for Lunar, a Polish-built superyacht: one of the most glamorous vessels on the ocean, it’s stylish in


both interior and exterior appearance. This magnificent craft has recently been fitted with 12 Amina invisible loudspeakers, by Estonia- based integrator Betria OU. Spanning three zones, the speakers provide high-clarity room-filling surround. Usually these are made unseen through a final 2mm skim coat of plaster; however, the Vibrational Panel Technology (VPT) utilised by Amina in its speaker design is flexible


With an exquisitely finished interior, hidden loudspeakers were the obvious choice for this superyacht installation. Tom Bradbury reports


enough to be covered by other materials such as leather, or wood veneer – commonly used within for superyacht fit-outs. VPT loudspeakers generate sound through the creation of vibrations in a material, similar to the way an acoustic musical instrument works. Directionality does not increase with frequency and the output radiates effectively hemispherically from the wall or ceiling right across the speaker’s frequency range,


which is typically 100Hz to 20kHz.


The speakers are designed


for optimal performance when covered by plaster or another material, so covering them enhances rather than degrades the sound quality. The speakers are only 40mm deep, lightweight and do not require a box in the same way as a conventional loudspeaker, making them ideal for space- limited applications. For this yacht, three zones use Amina’s 200mm wide, slim- line, mid-range AIW350E/S200 speakers, which have 30W continuous (60W peak) power handling, and an efficiency of 84dB at 1m/2.83Vrms when fully installed. The master bedroom features full surround sound via three front speakers mounted in the ceiling and covered in Alcantara artificial leather. For the rears Amina’s Wood Clusters, originally designed for a furniture manufacturer, are built into the bedhead and veneered over as part of the overall wall and headboard finish. The back salon has a


The master bedroom features Amina invisible speakers in the ceiling and also built into the bedhead 76 June 2014


surround sound system provided by five AIW350E/ S200 fitted into the ceiling, again behind Alacantara


[INSTALLED]


AUDIO  Amina AIW350E/S200 invisible speakers


[ABOUT THE INTEGRATOR]


 Betria OU was founded in 2010 by Sergei Shulga, who has more than 20 years’ AV experience


 It is based in the Estonian capital of Tallinn


 Its focus is on high- end bespoke residential installations


faux leather. The dispersive nature of VPT speakers allows ceiling install of surround sound to be a fully immersive experience: listeners assume that the speakers are in the wall until they are advised to the contrary. Finally, Amina speakers, again ceiling mounted, are used for the rear channels in the main salon surround system. 


www.amina.co.uk www.installation-international.com


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