Stout Irish pub’s original location across from Madison Square Garden opened in 2005 and was augmented in 2015 with the opening of Stout FiDi in the city’s Wall Street District. Recently Stout has expanded to a third location with Stout NYC Grand Central, just off Park Avenue.
Stout NYC Grand Central’s two-story layout presented some challenges in distributing sound adequately. Richard Trombitas of Cardone, Solomon Associates, New York explains that the solution included loudspeakers from Renkus-Heinz.
“It’s an interesting space,” Trombitas observes. “The front area is very open, with a high ceiling and lots of glass. It’s a very reflective environment, and the sound carries well into the main bar area.”
Trombitas worked together with AV contractors Starview Satellite (Rego Park, New York) to implement a sound system based around Renkus-Heinz PNX82 two-way complex conic loudspeakers. “We have six PNX82 cabinets mounted around the periphery of the bar, configured for 120 degree by 60 degree and 90 degree by 60 degree coverage patterns,” Trombitas explains.
“The PNX82 is an exceptionally flat and even sounding speaker-very accurate, and works well with a wide range of music,” adds Trombitas. “With proper positioning and layout, we were able to achieve completely seamless coverage around the entire periphery of the room, and every person seated at the bar has the exact same audio experience.”
“The sound quality of the PNX82 is just sensational,” asserts Starview Satellite president John Paturno. “We get compliments all the time on how great the music sounds, everywhere in the building.”
Trombitas agrees: “People remark regularly that they’re able to listen to music at a very substantial level, and really be involved in the music, and yet still not have to raise their voices to hold a conversation.”