The latest upscale addition to Cyprus nightlife, the glittering Little Buddha bar in the island’s capital Nicosia, is one of the stars of a list of recent installations by Renkus-Heinz distributor S&V MegaSound. With two club installations, a cathedral and a conference center completed and more in progress, the company is having, said owner Stelios Petrides, a “hectic” time.
Music is a famed part of the Buddha Bar experience and features Latin/oriental lounge beats that gradually move into more upbeat house tunes as the evening progresses. With sound quality central to its enjoyment S&V MegaSound were called in to design a system capable of delivering exceptional fidelity and precise directional control – along with the ability to deliver flawlessly night after night.
The system is specified as 16 TRX81 2-way full range loudspeakers and four PNX112 subwoofers, powered by MC2 T1000 and T20000 amplifiers. Audio routing is handled by a Symmetrix Zone Mix 760 digital zone mixer with ARC2i remote control panels. S&V MegaSound also supplied the DJ setup of Pioneer CD decks and mixer and an American DJ MP3 player for background music playout.
The bar is laid out as one large space subdivided into two different areas, requiring zoning of the sound system.
“We tried out various scenarios in pre testing,” says Petrides, “and programming a range of different presets for background music for the restaurant and different settings for the DJ in the lounge bar, where the ambience called for more subwoofers and more power overall.”
The bar’s plush décor and acoustically treated ceiling were good news: “there’s really no reverberation at all,” he adds, while the system is designed to project sound away from the one large glass wall that could otherwise have created reflection problems.
“It was one of our biggest projects of the last year,” adds Petrides, “and we have a very satisfied customer who’s very happy with the results.”