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Equilibrium Drinks a Toast to Nexo

Equilibrium Hotel is located in World Square; right in the heart of Sydney CBD’s fastest growing area. The venue, designed by Thomas Bucich, incorporates Equilibrium Bar, Trust Vodka Lounge and the Terrazza function room. Recently, Rutledge Engineering was contracted to supply and install the audio, lighting and audiovisual elements to the Equilibrium Bar and the Trust Vodka Lounge situated upstairs, choosing to install a range of Nexo PS Series boxes and CD12 Supercardioid Subwoofers throughout.

This is the first venue in the area to cater for the growing corporate sector, which has sprung up in the last few years at the south end of the city, all of which have been clamouring for a stylish bar to enjoy a drink, a bite to eat or to just relax. Equilibrium Bar has 64 beer taps with a beer bourse – a mini-stock exchange that determines the price of the beer in the bar. Trust Vodka Lounge bar has vodka served in shot glasses, which are made of ice. There are also huge day beds made from oak and orange leather for patrons to relax, amongst a sea of pillows.

Nexo PS Series speakers focus acoustic energy in the Trust Vodka Lounge
Nexo PS Series speakers focus acoustic energy in the Trust Vodka Lounge

Audio challenges for both bars included many large and varying areas, low ceilings, non-technical operators and expansive areas of glass. And of course such a stylish venue requires a stylish, yet unobtrusive, speaker. Equilibrium Bar was specified as high foreground music whilst Trust needed to be able to deliver a higher sound pressure level. Trust has particularly low ceilings and so a speaker that is low profile yet delivers high power was required. The venue also has a large amount of glass surfaces.

“We decided to use a cardioid, low frequency sub woofer system and demonstrated a few systems in our factory for the client,” explained Nick. “Despite the fact that the Nexo system was one of the more expensive options available, the client chose it because it provided the sound that he wanted. He was particularly impressed with the capability of the subwoofers, despite their compact size.”

Despite the large amount of glass surfaces the Nexo speakers deliver admirably
Despite the large amount of glass surfaces the Nexo speakers deliver admirably

In the Trust Vodka Lounge Nexo PS Series speakers, renowned for their ability to focus acoustical energy on listeners and not on undesired areas, form the main system with the light and compact PS15 speakers doing the majority of the drive in the room and PS10 speakers providing fill. Added to this are four Nexo CD12 Supercardioid Subwoofers that deliver consistent performance and reliability of the highest standard.

The system is driven by the Nexo NX242 TDcontrollers, proprietary advanced digital processors that allows Nexo loudspeaker systems to achieve exceptional results. Camco amplifiers deliver over 15,000 watts of power.

“The key thing with this area was to get small, inconspicuous speakers with high quality sound and that’s certainly what has been achieved by the Nexo speakers,” added Nick.

The small, inconspicuous Nexo speakers do not detract from the stunning interiors
The small, inconspicuous Nexo speakers do not detract from the stunning interiors

Downstairs has a central focus area where a DJ can be plugged in at a higher level to the rest of the room which utilises background music. Two Nexo CD12 Supercardioid Subwoofers are also used in this venue as again there is quite a bit of glass and also a walkway between the venue and an adjacent office block, where it was necessary to minimise sound leakage. The Supercardioid Subwoofers allow accurate, directional control of very low frequencies.

“We were able to position all the speakers so that we achieved a high quality, loud area with the rest of the venue blending in to be quieter,” said Nick.

Again PS10 speakers are also used driven by more Nexo NX242 TDcontrollers and Camco amplifiers.

“Nexo is a brand that has really increased its profile in this country recently,” concluded Nick. “I heard about Nexo products well over ten years ago as it was used extensively in Europe and Asia as being a premium high quality product. Nexo speakers are typically extremely compact and exceedingly high quality. The proof is in the pudding when you have a client who after listening to a variety of speakers chooses the more expensive because they’re after high quality. The Nexo speakers are uncompromising and sound awesome!”

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