L’Osteria, founded in 1999 with more than 130 locations in eight European countries and comprised of company-owned restaurants, joint ventures, and franchise restaurants, offers Italian cuisine in a lively ambience that places demands on each venue’s sound systems, with audio installation company i:TECS of Dessau-Rosslau (Germany) meeting the challenges with Martin Audio ADORN series loudspeakers.
“We were given the impression right from the start that special focus needed to be placed on premium quality sound,” says Thomas Neumann of i:TECS. “Great value is placed on the standard of restaurant design, and exceptional reproduction of the background music must also fit into that concept.” Each restaurant has access to a database with several hundred albums, which are sorted according to time of day or season. “It was to meet this requirement that we decided on Martin Audio,” explains Neumann.
The decision was made in favor of A40 and A55 wall loudspeakers as well as the ACS 40TS and 55TS in-ceiling models from the ADORN series. In addition, ACP-55T pendant loudspeakers, which were released at the end of 2020, are also used in specific restaurants.
A new restaurant in Metzingen, Germany, with specific structural challenges, is the first location in which pendant loudspeakers have been installed almost exclusively. “L’Osteria Metzingen is located in an old industrial building where we were not allowed to attach anything to the ceiling beams and wall surface,” says Neumann. “In order to provide even dispersion in the central area of the restaurant without having to drive the outer area too loudly, we decided on the ACP-55T. We were able to use the existing lighting tracks and distribute the pendant speakers discreetly and evenly throughout the restaurant. In this way, we ensured homogeneous sound coverage of the entire room.”
He adds that the loudspeakers present balanced sound, with an even presence in all the areas and plenty of headroom. “In many restaurants we have laid additional cables so that bass speakers can also be retrofitted, for instance, when the system is upgraded,” he continues. “For example, the restaurant in Munich-Pasing already has a Martin Audio SX110 bass speaker integrated.”
Thomas Neumann describes the collaboration with Audio-Technica, Martin Audio’s distributor in Germany, as having been “uncomplicated and smooth,” adding, “The relationship is very symbiotic; our requirements were understood immediately. In fact, we have always found the Audio-Technica team to be highly committed, often coming up with ideas for improvement, which are taken on board by the development department.”