A recent remodel project at Decades, a 15,000-square-foot retro-themed nightclub in Washington, D.C. with four floors of entertainment each influenced by a different era of music, includes newly installed audio systems supplied by Randy White of Washington Music Center that’s headed E11EVEN Sound by DAS Audio loudspeakers.
Guillermo “Willy” Rodriguez, owner/operator of integration firm Willy-Tech Services of Miami, FL worked in close coordination with DAS Audio’s John Fiorito, who designed, managed, and commissioned the new. Additionally, DAS Audio applications engineer Geovanni Ortiz, DAS Audio, certified with the Rational Acoustic Smaart platform, handled loudspeaker optimization for each of the four floors of the venue.
“The Rooftop is, without question, one of the most unique areas at Decades,” Fiorito explains. “With a rooftop that can be fully retracted or closed, the space can be configured for exclusive private events ranging from 50 to as many as 1000 people. Here, we deployed new E11EVEN Sound loudspeakers that are specifically weatherized for use in outdoor environments. This includes twelve ES-26DX-W (weather resistant) E11EVEN Sound by DAS Audio loudspeakers. These enclosures are configured as two-way systems that incorporate twin 6B woofers to reproduce low frequencies, along with a 1-inch diaphragm driver. Low frequency support is provided by three E11EVEN Sound ES-218SDX-W weather resistant subwoofers, each outfitted with two 18LX low frequency transducers.”
These loudspeakers are driven by an E11EVEN Sound EP-10K4 amplifier and an EP-14K2 amp, with signal processing provided by a BSS Audio BLU-100 processor and a BLU-BOB1 Break-Out Box output expander. This aspect coordinated by Santiago Ruiz, a third-party contractor who is certified for BSS and Creston installations for all E11EVEN Sound projects that require programming.
For the Hip-Hop floor, Fiorito deployed four DAS Audio Artec-308 2-way passive loudspeakers utilizing an 8-inch transducer and an M-26 driver. These are augmented by six E11EVEN Sound ES-10 2-way point source enclosures, each employing a single woofer with a 3-inch voice coil for low-mid frequency. Low frequency support is provided by four DAS Audio Action-S218 passive subwoofers and one Action-S18 passive sub. Power amplification is supplied by two E11EVEN Sound EP-14K2 and two EP-6K4 amplifiers.
“The 90’s area and 2000’s floor is another space that benefits from a new E11EVEN Sound by DAS Audio system,” Fiorito adds. “Here, we deployed four DAS Artec-308 loudspeakers along with six E11EVEN Sound ES-10 enclosures in each floor. As with the Hip-Hop area, low-frequency support is provided by four DAS Action-S218 and one Action-S18 sub. Power amplification for these come from two EP-14K2 and two EP-6K4 amps.”
Like many installations involving sizeable amounts of electronic equipment, questions arise. Hence, capable and responsive support services are crucial. In this regard, Rodriguez was very complimentary of DAS Audio. “The DAS team is always ready to assist,” he said. “John Fiorito is an integral part of the company’s E11EVEN Sound projects, so it’s easy to get the information I might need. The DAS team and Washington Music Center are always quick to respond, and that makes everything much easier.”
Decades owner Antonis Karagounis concludes, “I can’t emphasize enough how important clear and natural sound is to nightclub and fine dining environments. The music must be appealing, as this is a major part of the ‘vibe’. Without quality sound — at appropriate levels — it’s too easy to alienate your customers.
“Equally important, speech intelligibility is crucial because, if an announcement can’t be understood, people get frustrated and start looking elsewhere. John Fiorito, Randy White, and Willy Rodriguez were all very ‘hands on’ throughout the entire process and the results speak for themselves. I couldn’t be happier. Decades is the result of many years in this industry, and it is my passion project. There’s a reason I don’t trust anyone else to do this for me.”