At three new upscale Hong Kong restaurants, self-powered Meyer Sound loudspeaker systems are delivering unobtrusive, high-quality sound to diners. The loudspeakers' small size and factory custom color finishes allow them to recede into the elegant décor of the restaurants, which are located in The Pulse, an opulent shopping mall situated beachside on Hong Kong's Repulse Bay.
According to system designer Scott McLean of Hong Kong's International Sound + Light, custom-colored MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers provided an elegant solution at TRi, a contemporary Balinese restaurant. "When we saw that the designer proposed a theme with both dark and natural shades of bamboo, we realized we could match the bamboo tones by sending the RAL colors to Meyer Sound for an exact match on the MM-4XPs," he explains. "It worked out brilliantly. People are baffled by how much sound can come out of tiny boxes they can hardly see."
The TRi system comprises six MM-10ACX subwoofers and 24 MM-4XP loudspeakers with IntelligentDC technology, which combines the performance advantages of self-powered loudspeakers with the installation efficiency of Class 2 wiring. A single, five-conductor cable carries remote DC power and balanced audio signal to the loudspeakers from a remote power supply and signal distribution unit.
To provide controlled yet energetic sound in a difficult acoustical environment at the American-style Hotshot restaurant, McLean specified a Meyer Sound system of two UPJunior VariO, three UPM-1P and one MM-4XP loudspeakers; one-each UMS-1P and USW-1P subwoofers; and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 408 processor.
Located on the third floor of The Pulse, The Ocean serves sushi and seafood in a marine-themed setting with crystal-clear sound supplied by 32 Stella-8C and four Stella-4 installation loudspeakers mounted into the ceiling. All systems were provided by Meyer Sound's Hong Kong dealer Audio Dynamic and installed by International Sound + Light.
"Management is extremely happy not only with the sound in the restaurants, but also with how the loudspeakers blend into the décor," reports McLean. "I've been working with Meyer Sound systems and Audio Dynamic for a number of years, and I've always been pleased with the results."All three restaurants are owned by Le Comptoir, Ltd., which creates original concept dining experiences by combining cuisine with complementary ambience created by design and art.