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Audio Systems at Downtown NY Restaurant Configured for Refle Published:2017-10-18
Manhattan's Financial District is the stuff of legends, with millions of people populating its towering corridors every day. In this teeming metropolis, great restaurants and watering holes are an essential part of life. Such is the story of Stout FiDi. Opened as a counterpart to its uptown predecessor, in just over a year it's become a success story of its own, offering an intimate yet lively environment and great sound, thanks to a well-planned Renkus-Heinz audio system. 
Stout FiDi boasts an expansively deep space and towering 20-plus foot ceilings, creating an impressive, spacious atmosphere.

Like many bars and restaurants in lower New York, Stout FiDi is built into a long, rectangular space. Unlike most, Stout boasts an expansively deep space and towering 20-plus foot ceilings, creating an impressive, spacious atmosphere. As John Paturno, president of Rego Park, NY-based Starview Audio explained, it’s a space with its share of challenges.  “There's a lot of glass and other reflective surfaces in there as well,” Paturno reported. “The previous venue in there had been something of a cacophonous space, and part of our agreement with the owners was a commitment to some acoustic treatment. That helped take the edge off.” Stout's main room is dominated by a massive bar that stretches the length of the space, replete with ornate mirror-backed shelves of exotic whiskies climbing nearly to its 20-foot ceilings. The area is covered by four Renkus-Heinz TRX82 dual 8-inch systems. As Richard Trombitas of Cardone, Solomon & Associates observed, the architecture informed the choice of loudspeakers.  “The shelves behind the main bar area dictated that the loudspeakers be hung relatively high, which would impact coverage,” said Trombitas. “We recommended the TRX82 for that area because of its exceptionally tight pattern control over a longer throw. The conic horn provides a nice 60-degree vertical pattern that doesn't create a lot of excess sound to excite the mirrors and other reflective surfaces.” 
 

Stout's main room is dominated by a massive bar that stretches the length of the space, replete with ornate mirror-backed shelves of exotic whiskies climbing nearly to its 20-foot ceilings. The area is covered by four Renkus-Heinz TRX82 dual 8-inch systems.

Stout's main room is dominated by a massive bar that stretches the length of the space, replete with ornate mirror-backed shelves of exotic whiskies climbing nearly to its 20-foot ceilings. The area is covered by four Renkus-Heinz TRX82 dual 8-inch systems.

The remainder of the bar area is served by a dozen TRX81 systems, providing balanced, even coverage to every seat. Powersoft amplification drives the system, with Symetrix Radius DSP enabling the system to be controlled via iPhone.  “The TRX81 and TRX82 were a great choice for the new Stout FiDi location,” Paturno concluded. “The system provides great musical performance, as well as exceptional vocal intelligibility. Guests can sit comfortably at the bar and hear every word of a song, yet still carry on a conversation without yelling in each other’s ears. The system sounds fantastic.”