The upscale restaurant, Avra Estiatorio recently opened in Rockefeller Center, NYC, outfitted with 1 SOUND speakers, a massive multi-level eatery with sister locations on the Upper East Side, Midtown East and Beverly Hills. Anthem Productions did the audio installation in this trendy 16,500 square-foot restaurant, which boasts four floors-worth of both indoor and outdoor dining space. The 500-seat eatery, located in the Time-Life Building across the street from Radio City Music Hall, is the largest of the Avra locations and decided to incorporate 1 SOUND for their newest venture.
The goal of the sound design was equal coverage throughout the various spaces and intelligible background music for ambience. Cannon C6 coaxial loudspeakers were distributed throughout the restaurant, these compact hi-fidelity speakers have extended low-frequency to 60 Hz and a max SPL of 114dB. They were hung using C-Clamps and L-Brackets for easily adjustable positioning.
For the spaces that required wider coverage, Tower LCC44’s were deployed; these columns have a 120 degree horizontal dispersion. These cardioid columns have a rear-cancellation that helps reduce reflections from the wall and glass behind it, helping with sonic intelligibility in the restaurant.
Low frequencies are also reinforced with a distributed approach utilizing SUB310 and FSUB45 subwoofers. The SUB310’s have three 10 inch low-frequency drivers stacked making the cabinet only 11.5” wide or tall allowing them to be placed against walls and hidden underneath banquettes in the main dining area. The FSUB45 is a compact subwoofer standing 7.4” tall and has a max SPL of 123 dB. These subwoofers were hidden under banquettes for distributed bass.
Avra was designed by The Rockwell Group to look like a chic Mediterranean courtyard with its white backdrops and use of water and greenery. In order to match the visual aesthetic of this restaurant the client wanted all white 1 SOUND speakers that blended into the interior.
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