The Azumi Sushi restaurant in Baltimore's Harbor East neighbourhood has installed a Fulcrum Acoustic PA system as specified by Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center and integrator Mike Denoe.
The restaurant features a small lounge area with a DJ booth on one side, a sushi bar in the back, and a main seating area. It was designed by Baltimore interior designer Patrick Sutton, and is acoustically ‘live’ with large windows, deep booths, and glossy bamboo tables.
On weekend nights, a DJ spins house music in the lounge. In keeping with the restaurant's style, its management sought a modern, sound system that could support the music without overwhelming conversations or distracting from the decor.
The Fulcrum Acoustic PA system includes five Fulcrum Prophile model S dual 8in coaxial loudspeakers for the main space, which feature advanced, DSP-enhanced coaxial design enabling wide (100° x 100°) dispersion. Its low-frequency transducer delivers impressive mid-bass impact for its size. The loudspeaker's horizontal orientation and trapezoidal shape allow it to be positioned in a variety of locations, including extremely close to ceilings, while remaining visually unobtrusive.
To support the DJ booth, Denoe installed one Fulcrum Prophile model M dual 12in coaxial loudspeaker. Less than 40cm tall, the Prophile M is a three-way, active coaxial system that delivers maximum mid-bass for plenty of visceral impact. The M's conical horn provides 75° x 75° dispersion, making it particularly well suited for near-field applications such as Azumi Sushi's lounge.
"The Fulcrum Acoustic system turned out great," Denoe recalled. "I was blown away with how clean and even it sounds. The Prophile M's dual 12in speakers sound phenomenal in the room at any volume, even when you turn it way up." The restaurant's management is more than pleased: "They rave over how clean it is and how it sounds. They're building another restaurant on top of the Ritz Carlton hotel, and they want Fulcrum Acoustic loudspeakers for that install as well. That says it all."