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Marquee AV elevates dining experience at iconic London restaurant with enhanced Ecler audio system

Global restaurant Vapiano Restaurants chain collaborates with Marquee AV and Audiologic to create new ambience at Paddington branch

Vapiano Restaurants, boasting a presence across 25 countries and a total of 135 establishments, recently reached out to professional audio, visual and lighting installer Marquee AV to upgrade the audio system in their Paddington, London restaurant. Offering customers the option to ‘stay as long as you want’, Vapiano as well as many others in the hospitality industry, has recognised that curating an environment conducive to relaxation and enjoyment directly correlates with increased dwell time and enhanced spend.

After reviewing the client request and specifications, Stacey Tough, project director at Marquee AV, contacted Audiologic regarding the supply of the audio system. Through discussions with Paul Simpson, business manager at Audiologic, 11 x Ecler Drop 6 pendant loudspeakers and 3 x Ecler Arqis SB10i subwoofers were specified for the project.

Clarifying the choice, Paul Simpson explainsed: “The Ecler Drop6 2-way pendant speaker suits this setting perfectly. It boasts a 6.5in woofer and a 1in silk dome tweeter, along with a 70/100V line transformer offering power options of 60/30/15 and 7.5 watts. These selections are available in both high and low impedance levels. Crafted from reinforced ABS with fibreglass, the speaker offers a sleek design, completed with a paintable grille, ensuring effortless integration into the environment.”

On working with Audiologic, Stacey Tough added: “We are lucky to work so closely with Audiologic, they are a trusted supplier who we have a good relationship with that goes back a long time, and we enjoy working with them – they delivered on time as requested, as always! This helped further with a smooth, efficient installation, and boosted customer satisfaction with this job even more.”

Navigating the intricate spatial layout of the restaurant posed a unique challenge, requiring the even dispersion of sound throughout the expansive area. The strategic placement of the subwoofer presented a particular conundrum, artfully addressed by Marquee AV through the creation of custom brackets. This ingenious solution ensures that the subwoofer remains concealed from view, preserving the restaurant’s aesthetic allure.

“The clients were highly satisfied with the project, underscoring our exceptional work,” added Tough. “Their resounding approval has led to subsequent project requests and repairs, a testament to the resounding success of this installation.”