Integration firm Marquee AV recently helped boost the atmosphere at new London West End Italian restaurant Daroco Soho with the design and installation of a sound reinforcement system headed by Martin Audio CDD loudspeakers.
Introduced to the project by design and construction consultant Cotton Thompson Cole, Marquee AV project director Stacey Tough states that the choice of Martin Audio was a joint decision between him and the clients, who had specifically requested the brand. “The fact that they knew, and liked Martin Audio helped the process considerably,” he says. “As they already knew they were getting a first-class product we didn’t have to arrange a demo.”
The brief was to provide a system that would deliver quality sound with even coverage throughout the two-story architecturally led environment. This includes the “Wacky Wombat” cocktail bar in the basement with a DJ booth that provides a club-like atmosphere.
Marquee AV has provided separate DJ input facilities on both floors, which operate on separate zones, accessed by a number of background music players. Programmable wall controllers on each floor allow for local volume control and independent source selection.
The loudspeaker set comprises six CDD8B full-range loudspeakers and four SX210 subwooferss in the basement, with eight CDD6B, underpinned by four discreetly concealed SX210 subwoofers, on the ground floor, along with a single CDD5B in reception. With sound needing to remain consistent through stairwells and corridors, nine Martin Audio ADORN A55T were deployed to function as fills.
The project director explains that the ceiling height was the reason for selecting wall-mounted CDD6 loudspeakers for the ground floor, with anti-vibration mounts on both floors. “The subs are recessed into furniture and seating on both floors, while the ADORN speakers serve the corridors,” Tough adds. “In the basement bar the CDD8s are ceiling mounted, and a further four of the SX210s are incorporated into the seating, to support the DJ setup.”
Daroco co-founder Julien Ross concludes, “We are delighted with the success of the recent audio installation at Daroco Soho. Working with Stacey and the Marquee AV team was a seamless experience, and their dedication to excellence truly shone through. The result of the installation exceeded our expectations, enhancing the overall audio experience at our venue.”