Hurricanes Grill Brighton Le Sands gets discreet JBL solution
AUSTRALIA: Jands recently supplied the Hurricanes Grill Brighton Le Sands venue in New South Wales with equipment from JBL, Crown and BSS.
When deciding upon a suitable audio solution for the venue, the venue’s general manager Steve Sidd was under the impression that a JBL/Crown/BSS solution may have not been within his budget. However Con Constantinou, managing director of Constant Technology Pty Ltd, recommended a JBL solution that the client was happy with.
‘Steve’s perception of the JBL brand was that it would be too expensive,’ explained Mr Constantinou. ‘Once we presented the quote to the client he was really surprised by how cost effective the solution it was.’
The client did not want the speakers to be visible, leaving Mr Constantinou to search for JBL speakers that would blend in with the venue’s aesthetics whilst still ensuring good sound.
Hurricanes Grill is divided into six audio zones, comprising the entry area, a bar, a dining space, the veranda area, the tapas section and the toilets. Each zone is powered by a range of Crown amplifiers. A BSS Blu-100 networked signal processor is used for control and instead of using the BSS wall controllers, the BSS software was customised and loaded onto the venue’s computers. ‘We loaded a custom interface onto their PCs so that they can control all the zones, inputs and volume from every point of sale terminal and managers PC,’ Mr Constantinou explained.
Six black JBL Control 47LP ceiling speakers were installed in the entry zone whilst the main bar area utilises four JBL Control 52s and a subwoofer. The ceiling in this area is an expanse of wood containing recessed strips that house the lighting and the new Control 52 speakers, which were mounted facing down.
Seven Control 47LP-ceiling speakers service the dining zone with Control 40CST ceiling subwoofers for low end, whilst the veranda houses six Control 25AV surface mount speakers with weathermax stainless steel grilles.
Meanwhile, the tapas area has been equipped with two Control 47LP ceiling speakers, two Control 25AV surface mount speakers – as the client didn't mind visible speakers in this area – and a Control 40CST ceiling subwoofer. JBL8128 8-inch ceiling speakers in quick-fit frames with grilles were installed into the toilet zone.
‘It sounds great and the sound distribution works really well,’ commented Mr Constantinou. ‘Our client was initially surprised by the amount of speakers we wanted to install but it was necessary to ensure there were no dead spots. The client trusted us and is very happy with the sound distribution in his venue and the functionality of the BSS.’