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CASE STUDY: Cowboys Saloon, New York State

Cowboys Saloon is the newest tenant at Syracuse’s Destiny Mall, the largest mall in New York State and the sixth largest mall in the country. The 13,000-square-foot location has a live stage devoted mainly to country music, along with rock music and DJ sets, and ample table and bar seating. In order to give Cowboys Saloon a powerful sound reinforcement system on a constrained budget, local AV integration firm Visual Technologies used 10 of Ashly Audio’s KLR-Series dual-channel amplifiers.

Rich Trombitas, regional sales and product manager with AV manufacturers rep firm Cardone, Solomon & Associates (CS&A), which handles Ashly Audio gear in New York City and northern New Jersey, assisted Jim Blair, sales manager at Visual Technologies, with the system design at Cowboys Saloon. In a single day, Trombitas traveled to Syracuse from New York City, surveyed the space, met with the owner, went back to Visual Technologies, designed the system with Blair, compiled a materials list, and drove back home.

Trombitas says that while the owner came through with flexibility on the budget, it remained very tight. The 10 Ashly KLR-Series amplifiers were an integral part of making it work. “We needed dynamic, high-power, low-cost amplification,” he says. “The Ashly KLR-2000 is one of the best values on the market, especially when bridged mono as we did to power some Renkus-Heinz subwoofers at Cowboys Saloon.” Indeed, three Ashly KLR-2000 amps power three Renkus-Heinz CFX218S dual-18 subwoofers for the stage. Four Renkus-Heinz CFX101 point arrays handle the stage’s fullrange material, two per side. A single Ashly KLR-4000 delivers 2,000W per channel to power them. Another Ashly KLR-4000 powers four Renkus-Heinz CFX121M stage monitors.

Cowboys Saloon’s dining and dancing area features four Renkus-Heinz CFX121 loudspeakers powered by a single Ashly KLR-3200, with low-end support from two Renkus-Heinz CFX12S subwoofers, also powered by a single Ashly KLR-2000. Six existing 8-inch two-way loudspeakers, powered by a single Ashly KLR-2000, cover the bar, with another Renkus-Heinz CFX12S subwoofer powered by one channel of an Ashly KLR- 2000 amplifier (the other channel powers yet another CFX12S subwoofer in the audience area). Finally, an Ashly KLR-3200 powers four more Renkus-Heinz CFX121 loudspeakers in that same audience area.

A 24-channel digital mixing console with a digital snake serves as the main input to the system, with DSP support from a Symetrix Prism 16×16.

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