Set among the many attractions Midtown Manhattan offers its visitors, the District Tap House offers craft beer and excellent, locally sourced food by renowned chef Harrison Mosher. Most recently, it has added a new Renkus-Heinz loudspeaker system to its menu.
‘The Tap House looks like the classic New York pub that it is,’ says Cardone Solomon & Associates sales representative Rich Trombitas. ‘It’s a long, narrow space with lots of brick and rich, dark wood, high ceilings, plenty of glass, and a handsome, old-fashioned wooden bar.’
While warm and welcoming, the space presents a challenging acoustic environment: ‘The management wanted to ensure patrons could enjoy great-sounding music at a reasonable level and still hold a conversation,’ Trombitas explains. ‘Achieving that requires loudspeakers with tight pattern control and outstanding clarity. That’s why my top Manhattan pub contractor, Starview Satellite, leads with Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers.’
Starview positioned 16 Renkus-Heinz TRX82 two-way complex conic loudspeakers throughout the room. These compact, passive loudspeaker systems feature dual 8-inch, heavy-duty low-frequency drivers and a 1-inch, extended-range, titanium high-frequency driver and range from 60Hz-18kHz. Several TRX82s were placed above the back of the bar, positioned horizontally and spaced about six feet apart, while other TRX82s cover a small area of tables by the front windows, the booths and tables across from the bar, and the rear of the room.
‘We had the client do some acoustic treatment, so the sonic signature of the room is nicer than you’d expect,’ Trombitas notes. ‘With that, and the TRX82’s tight pattern control, plus the speaker’s ability to deliver extremely clear, natural sound, we were able to fully meet the client’s goals. The TRX82 can get quite loud, but it sounds great at lower levels, too, so it works for a quieter day crowd and for a rowdy evening crowd.’
Low frequency support is handled by three Renkus-Heinz BPS12-2 dual 12-inch band-pass subwoofers. ‘The BPS-12 gives you very tight bass with excellent transient response, and it can deliver up to 129dB of sub-bass,’ Trombitas says. ‘It is flat from 35Hz-100Hz, and it works very well with the TRX82. We integrated the subwoofers into the architecture the best we could, which sometimes wasn’t easy. For instance, we have a subwoofer installed by a stairwell, and another is sitting against a wall buttressed by a support column-but they look good there.’
The system is by managed with a Symetrix Solus-series DSP and has proved to be a big hit at the venue:‘They love the new sound system,’ Trombitas confirms. ‘It’s everything they wanted and more.’ If you’re in midtown, he insists, you should stop by for a brew and a meal. ‘The food is great-and so is the sound.’