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L-Acoustics A Series Swings at Bangkok’s Jab Pae Chon Kae Restaurant
Thailand – Over the last five years, owner Nicha Uengkhao has built Jab Pae Chon Kae restaurant into a success by providing a fun, modern dining experience alongside live music entertainment that varies from pop and rock to EDM. Recently, when the lease expired on the Bangkok-area location, he took the opportunity to relocate to a new location in a high-traffic area adjacent to a popular community mall. The move proved to also be the perfect moment to upgrade the restaurant’s sound system, to provide patrons a better, more dynamic entertainment experience.
A live music enthusiast, Nicha had been admiring the L-Acoustics sound at live events and festivals around Bangkok for years. In 2016, when he first opened Jab Pae Chon Kae in the original location, he had hoped to install L-Acoustics Kara, but was not yet able to make that dream a reality. But he kept in touch with Vision One, L-Acoustics certified distributor and integrator for Thailand, over the years as the restaurant grew and flourished.
In 2019 when L-Acoustics launched the flexible, affordable A Series constant curvature line source, Vision One hosted a launch event and demo. It was there that the Jab Pae Chon Kae team began to discuss the possibility of upgrading their sound. Then, in 2020 when they made the decision to move to a new location, the time felt right. “We knew that the new location, close to the popular The Circle community mall, but also not too far from our original space, would give us a unique opportunity to widen our audience,” explains Nicha. “We knew that the A Series would offer a superior live music experience to diners.”
“The team at Jab Pae Chon Kae called us in to survey the new venue and propose an L-Acoustics system that would work well, both in terms of sound coverage and SPL requirements,” explains Vision One chief operating officer Tanapat 'Tony' Mongkolkosol. “Soundvision proved what we thought: that we could give the restaurant a touring quality sound system with arrays of A10 that would really showcase the dynamic music program on offer. A10 offered the quality the restaurant desired, while staying within their budget.”
Tony and the team at Vision One worked with L-Acoustics Soundvision 3D acoustic modelling software to design a system that would give consistent coverage to the space, which included a main dining/dancing area with cathedral ceilings, flanked by two more intimate areas with lower ceilings to the left of the main space. The main area system consists of arrays of five L-Acoustics A10 Focus, with a single A10 Wide at the bottom, per side.
The top two enclosures use Panflex to set arrays at 90° to throw more SPL to the rear of the venue and keep sound off the walls, while other four A10 are set to 110 degrees for wider coverage to the area directly in front of the stage to the main dining area. Six L-Acoustics KS21 subwoofers supply the low-end rumble, while two L-Acoustics X12 provide coverage to the venue’s left wings. L-Acoustics LA4X amplifiers drive the system, along with an L-Acoustics P1 processor to upscale the input signal to 96kHz digital, and to bridge AVB and analogue audio with a low latency and maximised bandwidth.
While current government guidelines restrict indoor activities, the team at Jab Pae Chon Kae look forward to fully opening to clients soon. “With A10, we’ve got all the power we need, and more,” smiles Nicha. “It’s a great feeling to be settled into our new, high-profile location, and to have the sound system that we’ve been waiting for, for over five years. We’re excited to offer this vibrant new experience to our clients.”
13th May 2021
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