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Host Makes Most of Ecler Arquis
UK – Host restaurant and bar is a popular venue located within Bishop’s Stortford’s striking Corn Exchange building. As well as serving a wide range of excellent food and drinks, Host also presents regular DJ and live music nights and stages private functions of every kind. Opened in 2000, the venue has consistently maintained very high standards across all its facilities, always striving to deliver the best possible customer experience. A recent decision to refurbish and relaunch the venue was the ideal opportunity to evaluate the audio provision at Host and its management team concluded that significant improvements could be made by replacing its existing system with a more flexible, zoned solution. Creating the appropriate ambience for contrasting areas within the venue was of the utmost importance to the brief, as was straightforward control and operation.
In the first instance, Host consulted directly with Audiologic’s technical specialists over the best way forward. Having listened to the requirements and taken careful account of the site, Audiologic prepared two designs using different brands at different price points and conducted demonstrations of both. Satisfied that they had found exactly what they wanted, the Host team settled on an Ecler solution and Audiologic recommended trusted partner AV Installations to install and commission the new system.
Host wished to be able to deliver high quality background music in two areas of the venue and authentic, powerful, club quality sound to its nightclub dance floor, whilst also maintaining overall control of volume levels in each area. A further requirement was that the system should be as visually unobtrusive as possible in order not to detract from the venue’s attractive interior. The selected Ecler system comfortably met each aspect of the brief. Ecler’s Arqis Series of speakers is designed to fulfill the requirements of permanent installations, where matching exceptional sound quality to the demands of interior designers is key. Reliable, compact and stylish, the range delivers superb audio, something that the installation at Host was to confirm.
In the nightclub area, AV Installations installed four Ecler ARQIS208 8” speakers and two ArquisSB15 subs, all flown, whilst in the areas for background music, four ARQIS106 6” speakers and two ARQISSB10 subs were wall-mounted. Powered by Ecler Essentials LPA2-950 (950W) and LPA2-350 (350W) stereo amplifiers, the system uses a fully programmable Ecler DAM614 digital audio mixer. Two WPmVOL-SR wall panel controls allow local control of volume and input selection and two WPmMIX-T wall panel micro-mixers allow remote audio sources such as talk-over microphones to be added. All cabling and racks were Quartex by Audiologic.
Matt Dobney, director at AV Installations was pleased with the outcome: “The Ecler equipment delivers really outstanding power and clarity. The speakers are positioned as discreetly as possible but they have great lines anyway and suit the look and feel of the venue. I know that Simon and the Host team are very happy with the solution and we always enjoy working closely with Audiologic to ensure that our clients get the best-fit solution for the project. Following the success of the project at Host, we presented this template to London’s iconic Tower Bridge who accepted our proposal and are equally impressed with their Ecler system.”
Simon Cottam of Host Restaurant and Bar, commented: “The refurbishment prompted us to seriously consider how best to deliver audio within the venue. You can’t underestimate the importance of great sound quality to customers. They won’t stay if their ears hurt! Whilst excellent quality was essential, we were also keen to reduce the visual impact of any hardware on our carefully designed interior. We wanted something unobtrusive and I think we chose well. The Ecler system delivers everything we required, was installed quickly and is easy to operate.”
Andy Lewis, sales and marketing director at Audiologic added: “For Audiologic, having good relationships with end-users has become an important part of our customer service delivery. We consulted closely with the Host team to determine exactly what they were looking for and then demonstrated some options. AV Installations took care of the install quickly and efficiently and the Ecler Arquis range proved, once again, to be an excellent choice.”
14th September 2018
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