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London’s Top Restaurants Put Electro-Voice on the Menu

evid_ducasse_1800.jpgSome of London’s most acclaimed restaurants are demanding audio systems that match their Michelin-starred culinary standards, placing particular emphasis on loudspeaker models that complement the expensive finishes in their elite dining rooms. Most recently, the new Alain Ducasse restaurant at the Dorchester Hotel, China Tang (also at the Dorchester), and Mayfair restaurant Tamarind have all commissioned CGA Integration to apply its audio expertise with stylish Electro-Voice EVID sound solutions.

Chris Gunton of CGA Integration observes a distinct trend in the city’s fine dining rooms. “We’ve recently worked at several venues where the traditionally high standards applied to cuisine, service, and decor have now been transferred to audio-visual aspirations: AV is no longer the poor relation in a prestige hotel or restaurant project, but has come of age with the benefits it offers both the finished venue and its bottom line.?

After successfully installing EV-based background music systems in China Tang and The Crystal Bar at The Dorchester Hotel, CGA took on complete responsibility for providing audio to match the standards in cuisine and service set by Alain Ducasse and his team at the famous hotel’s prestigious new restaurant development, the first in London for arguably the world’s greatest chef.

As with many spectacular venues, high ceilings and differing finishes challenge audio designers to achieve intimacy, quality, and an even coverage of crystal clear sound. These challenges are heightened by the standards set by Alain Ducasse, and the heat was definitely on in this new destination venue for global travelers and gourmets.

The Ducasse restaurant has been given a zoned background music system featuring Electro-Voice’s low-profile EVID ceiling loudspeakers, which provided a stylish solution for the different specifications of each zone and the capability to match voicing across a wide range. The Park Lane room was catered for with C8.2HC high ceiling variants, while C8.2 speakers are concealed in lighting features in main room, cellar, and private dining booths, ensuring consistently excellent, full-range audio performance in each zone, all adding up for a seamless effect across the entire venue. Zone/control presets are managed via wall-plate; musical content is fed by an 8-track HD system.

CGA Integration also applied its audio expertise to Michelin-starred Mayfair restaurant Tamarind. Manager Jespal Soor reviewed the market place and asked CGA Integration to remedy the sound deficiencies in his venue. Arriving at the end of trading on Friday night, installation of a discrete EVID ceiling speaker solution was achieved before the chefs arrived the next morning. There was no impact on existing décor; in fact, Soor initially thought the work had not been done as he could not see the speakers, proving that dramatic sound enhancements do not need to incur major disruption.
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