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K-array updates historic NYC bar with distributed audio

The recently reopened Campbell Apartment bar in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal has had an acoustics update following the installation of a K-array distributed audio system, as part of a wider refurbishment.

The bar and cocktail lounge was once the office of American financier John W. Campbell, a member of the New York Central Railroad’s board of directors. Later used for office space, as a studio by CBS Radio and as a jail by Metro-North Railroad, the space was restored following renovations totalling nearly $2 million in 1999 and 2007.

Temporarily closing its door for a year due to leasing issues, Campbell Apartment reopened in June under the new ownership of hospitality vanguard, Gerber Group.

Integrators Global Audio Systems was tasked with the install since its owner, Jason Ojeda, had previously worked with the Gerber Group at several of their properties.

With help from distributors K-array America, Ojeda arranged six Kayman-KY102 and 1 Kobra-KK52 loudspeaker line arrays for the Campbell Apartment installation, utilising the Kayman for its frequency response down to 90hz. The system was designed to have even and consistent coverage throughout the venue distributing audio without any dead zones and was installed into custom wall sconces that were designed around the line arrays.

“We knew we had to have amazing sound without having bulky speakers or losing audio quality,” said Ojeda. “Scott and his team are ecstatic about the install. The design fits the venue and its aesthetic needs without sacrificing sound quality. K-array is simply amazing at what it does!”