A moribund Titan II Nuclear Missile Complex north of Little Rock, Arkansas, has been fitted out with an Ashly Audio-powered sound system as part of an ingenious renovation project that now allows Airbnb rentals.
The bunker boasts four Ashly amplifiers – two KLR2000s and two KLR4000s – which, according to the manufacturer, are “perfectly suited” for a wide range of sound reinforcement and optimised to deliver high levels of sustained power, extraordinary audio performance, and road-proven reliability into 2, 4, or 8 Ohm loads. The installation also uses a Protēa ne24.24m DSP matrix processor, which offers up to 24-channels. This enables the system to be zoned throughout the missile complex and provides routing of any input to any output in the facility.
The bunker went on the market as a real estate offering in 2010, and current owner G.T. Hill saw an opportunity to engage in some “modern archeology”, purchasing the long-neglected bunker to renovate as a premium rental space. Ten years on he completed his project.
“I saw the site was available and thought it would be really cool to turn it into a fully liveable home,” said Hill, who works in technology but explained that renovation isn’t within the remit of his job description! “I grew up building things and working in a machine shop. I’m interested in design, and I am a tech guy. That said, turning this into something liveable was definitely a first-of-its-kind project for me.
“We actually installed the Ashly gear in here early because we all love music. It was in there before the bathrooms, even. And from the time we’ve spent with it, we’ve been incredibly impressed. The launch control centre is about 3,000 square feet, and with the Ashly system it feels like you could have an entire club in there.”
For now, the space will remain an Airbnb rental, but with sensational design elements including coloured LED lighting, a cantilevered bed, a bathroom with a fireplace, and a projection system, a powerful audio system from Ashly will feel right at home.