Quest returns to Harry’s Bar
INDIA: Following on from the recent audio installation at Harry’s Bar in Khan Market, Audiograph Inc and Sun Infonet have joined forces at another of the Singaporean chain’s iconic bars. The venue is situated inside the premier Select Citywalk shopping centre in Saket, New Delhi, and has been outfitted with a Quest Engineering audio system.
‘The project involves providing a sound system that is built for music at listening pleasure levels - much louder than a restaurant but not as loud as a nightclub,’ explained Sunil Ahuja of Audiograph Inc, who designed the sound system. ‘The system is omni-directional as there is no dance floor, so everyone in the bar should hear music at the same level. The venue has been soundproofed by the architect's consultants to avoid leakage to the neighbouring restaurants.’
Owned by Pan India Food Solution, the Saket venue is moderately sized, catering to around 80 customers at a time, and like others in the chain, features mood lighting and a prominent Harry’s Bar logo adorning the wall.
'I first experienced Quest Audio when I heard them at Palm 2013. The HPI5 was on display and was surprisingly powerful for such a small enclosure,’ said Mr Ahuja. ‘When the installation at Harry's Saket came up and the client's brief specified the smallest speaker possible for the purpose, I strongly recommended this speaker. Paired with the QM600S subwoofer and driven by QA3004 power amplifiers, this system is powerful while at the same time maintaining a sweet tonality in the sound with no harshness. An installation to be proud of.’
Quest enclosures can be found throughout, with passive HPI5 ultra-compact speakers situated in the primary zones, along with a QM600S subwoofer for low-end extension. An active QSA 200i speaker cabinet serves the DJ for monitoring. The Australian manufacturer’s QA 3004 amplifiers are used to power the whole system along with a dbx Driverack PA+ for system management.
Explaining the recommendations he put to the client, Mr Ahuja stated: ‘A passive system was selected for scalability, ease of installation and maintenance, whilst wooden cabinet satellites are preferred due to their inherent tonal superiority. The HPI5 was recommended based on its compact size and extended sound response, and keeping ergonomics in mind, the console has been designed for ease of rear access, maintenance, air circulation and storage.’