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Ashly Audio nX-Series Amplifiers Enhance Ambiance Of Adoro Lei In NYC

Combined eight outputs power loudspeakers and subwoofers across three separate zones

By PSW Staff March 16, 2015

Adoro Lei’s sophisticated wood-burning stove that's up to par with its sonic presentation.

The recently opened Adoro Lei, a sophisticated lounge, restaurant, and pizzeria in the SoHo neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, delivers solid, articulate music playback to its patrons via a sound system designed by New Jersey-based Essential Communications that’s driven by Ashly Audio nX-Series power amplifiers.

The system is beautiful in its simplicity. A DJ input or a house-provided music feed inputs to a straightforward Rane HAL processor, which outputs to the Ashly nX-8004 and nX-1.54 amplifiers. The combined eight outputs power Community Professional Veris loudspeakers and subwoofers across three separate zones—the dining area, the bar, and a downstairs area used for private events.

“This job went through a number of incarnations and variations,” says David Schwartz, owner of Essential Communications. “Their original goals were best met with a 70-volt system, but as things moved along, we shifted those goals. The loudspeakers and subwoofers designs changed, but we were able to keep the Ashly nX-Series amplifiers because each output channel can drive any impedance. For the most part, the full-range boxes are running at 70-volt whereas the subs are running at Low-Z.”

In addition to a quality sound system, Adoro Lei’s owners followed Schwartz’ advice and installed comprehensive acoustic treatments. “It’s a long, rectangular room, with a noisy open kitchen that backs into the bar,” he says. “It could have been an acoustical nightmare. But with the acoustic treatments in place, it sounds like a recording studio. The reverb is minimal, and unless you know something about sound, you wouldn’t notice it at all. It’s quiet and warm, and the sound system is balanced and intimate. It’s more like being in a cozy home than at a loud restaurant.”

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