Music is integral to the ambience at Buddha-Bar, an international chain of restaurant/lounges. DJs are booked nightly, and the brand's affiliated record label—George V Records—features Buddha-Bar compilations. At the newest location in Mexico City, international DJs mix eclectic electronic music through a discreet yet potent system of Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers.
"The clarity of the Meyer Sound system is absolutely amazing. The bass is strong and tight despite the small size of the speakers," says London-based DJ Naz, a resident of the restaurant four nights a week.
For robust reproduction in the lounge area, 15 UP-4XP loudspeakers are deployed in stereo zones, with bass support from five M1D-Sub subwoofers. For the terrace area, where music must compete with street sounds without being intrusive, the design features 24 MM-4XP miniature self-powered loudspeakers augmented by nine MM-10 miniature subwoofers. A complement of six MPS-488 units supply DC powering and signal distribution, while overall system EQ and drive is handled by a Galileo loudspeaker management system with a Galileo 616 processor. The system was sold and installed by Meyer Sound dealer Audiopro of Mexico City under the direction of owner Francisco Cobos.
For Buddha-Bar Mexico operations manager Eduardo López-Guerrero, the Meyer Sound system proved to be a wise investment. "The quality of music reproduction is really amazing on the system," he says. "It adds to the restaurant's atmosphere and keeps the customers happy."
Buddha-Bar was created by Raymond Visan, whose Paris-based George V Eatertainmentencompasses a network of venues worldwide. Brought to Mexico City by Carlos Monzón and managed by Enrique Segura Nieto, Buddha-Bar Mexico launched in February 2011 and is the 13th in the chain since the original opened in Paris in 1996.
Other noteworthy enterprises in the George V Eatertainment group using Meyer Sound systems include Sanctuary in Dubai and Little Buddha Café in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.