The new Kitchen & Bar Van Rijn adjoins the famous Escape Club on Amsterdam’s fashionable Rembrandtplein, and is owned by entrepreneurs Ton and Dick Poppes. Recently opened, the restaurant is laid out similar to a grand café, with a terrace and upstairs area.
Inspired by the beauty and the masterpieces of Rembrandt van Rijn, guests can enjoy authentic Dutch cuisine in a cosmopolitan atmosphere with open kitchen and sound reinforcement from RCF.
The Poppes tapped 24/7 Audio, a locally based service company, to design and install the new system.
24/7 Audio owner Mike Ho specified RCF TTL11-A active steerable column arrays because of the high audio quality the system provides. When completed the entire venue only required two systems with two presets to service all the sound source requirements — including live music and a DJ on weekends.
“I heard a demo of this system at RCF’s headquarters in Italy, and was so blown away that I couldn’t wait to use it,” explains Ho. “Since the requirement at Kitchen & Bar was multifunctional, this presented the ideal opportunity.”
“The owners have been doing this for more than 30 years and one was a DJ back in the day — so we both know the importance of good audio,” Ho adds.
The system is composed of two modules, TTL11A-H for the mid-high and TTL11A-B for the bass frequencies. It is run with a separate a separate sub bass extension and is digitally steerable down to -10 degrees.
Since the system is used for live artists, DJ, various live playback devices and a pianist at a grand piano, Mike Ho has judiciously processed the sound with two different presets — one for daytime, the other for after dark.
“The TTL11-A provides a unique solution. I would have hung 20 or more conventional speakers to produce a result that delivers coverage to all four corners of this huge restaurant,” he explains. “People are telling me they don’t even notice the speakers because they are so discreet!”
“Everyone is delighted with the quality of the sound; it’s crisp and clear and genuinely multi-purpose.”