Urban Turban offers a taste of Mumbai in Auckland
New Zealand - AcousticDesign loudspeakers from QSC, driven by GX3 and RMX850 amplifiers, have been installed at a stylish new bar/restaurant in the Wynyard Quarter, a recently redeveloped harbourside area in New Zealand's second city, Auckland. The splendidly named Urban Turban wears its Mumbai influence on its sleeve, offering fine Indian cuisine and beers and a high-quality sound system in a top people-watching spot on the waterfront.

Local AV contractor Halogen Audio was asked to install some loudspeakers for the restaurant's external pavement areas. As a long-standing user of QSC products, and mindful of the restaurant's north-facing waterfront location, Halogen's Rick Senekal chose models from the QSC AcousticDesign series for their durable construction and ability to endure constant exposure to the wind, sun, salt air and water. After a short while, the venue's management was so impressed with the sound outside the restaurant that they asked Senekal to replace the loudspeakers inside with QSC ADs too.

The final system comprises seven AD-S52 five-inch and two AD-S82 eight-inch two-way loudspeakers, finished in black to match Urban Turban's décor, and driven by QSC RMX850 and GX3 amplifiers respectively. The loudspeakers and amplifiers, along with a new Shure wireless microphone system, were supplied by the exclusive distributor for QSC products in New Zealand, Auckland's NOW Sound.

Rick Senekal of Halogen Audio comments, "The audio system is an important part of the ambience in a busy waterfront venue like this - it can't afford to fail. From long experience of QSC amps and speakers, I know the system at Urban Turban won't do that, even with all that the Auckland weather can throw at the place. And I know my friends at the restaurant are happy with the system, because they keep on inviting me back for beers on the house. That's what I call a successful install."

(Jim Evans)

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