CASE STUDY: The District Tap House, Midtown Manhattan

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Midtown Manhattan has countless dining options, so the need to stand out is key. And with great craft beer, locally sourced food by renowned chef Harrison Mosher, and a new Renkus-Heinz loudspeaker system, the District Tap House is making an impression.

“The Tap House looks like the classic New York pub that it is,” said Cardone Solomon & Associates sales representative Rich Trombitas. “It’s a long, narrow space with lots of brick and rich, dark wood, high ceilings, plenty of glass, and a handsome, old-fashioned wooden bar.”

While it’s warm and welcoming, it’s also a challenging acoustic environment. “The management wanted to ensure patrons could enjoy great-sounding music at a reasonable level and still hold a conversation,” Trombitas said. “Achieving that requires loudspeakers with tight pattern control and outstanding clarity. That’s why my top Manhattan pub contractor, Starview Satellite, leads with Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers.” Starview strategically positioned 16 Renkus-Heinz TRX82 two-way complex conic loudspeakers throughout the room. These compact, passive loudspeaker systems feature dual 8-inch, heavy-duty low-frequency drivers and a 1-inch, extended-range, titanium high-frequency driver and range from 60 Hz to 18 kHz. Several TRX82s were placed above the back of the bar, positioned horizontally, and spaced about six feet apart, while other TRX82s cover a small area of tables by the front windows, the booths and tables across from the bar, and the rear of the room.

“We had the client do some acoustic treatment, so the sonic signature of the room is nicer than you’d expect,” said Trombitas. “With that, and the TRX82’s tight pattern control, plus the speaker’s ability to deliver extremely clear, natural sound, we were able to fully meet the client’s goals. The TRX82 can get quite loud, but it sounds great at lower levels, too, so it works for a quieter day crowd and for a rowdy evening crowd.”

Sub-lows are handled by three RenkusHeinz BPS12-2 dual 12-inch bandpass subwoofers. “The BPS-12 gives you very tight bass with excellent transient response, and it can deliver up to 129 dB of sub-bass,” said Trombitas. “It is flat from 35 Hz to 100 Hz, and it works very well with the TRX82. We integrated the subwoofers into the architecture the best we could, which sometimes wasn’t easy. For instance, we have a subwoofer installed by a stairwell, and another is sitting against a wall buttressed by a support column—but they look good there.” The system is managed with a Symetrix Solus-series DSP.

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