There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to the installation of sound systems in restaurants. Every single restaurant sound system varies because of factors such as space, floor plan, type of equipment and budget, among others. Sound design should never be an afterthought for any shrewd restaurant owner. Installing low-quality equipment in unfavourable locations can end up ruining the whole experience because of the likelihood of inefficient performance. Here are some key tips when installing a sound system in your restaurant.
Consider Restaurant Acoustics — Considering the acoustics of your space is key to having an optimally functioning sound system. Many restaurants usually have huge open floor plans with many reflective spaces. What this means is that such rooms are less crowded with fewer objects to absorb sound. Ideally, crowded spaces are the best for absorbing sound and thus reduce the echo effect. For this reason, your sound system installation service should account for acoustic design. If you have a huge space that is less crowded, it is always advisable to strike a balance between the acoustic design of the sound system itself and that of the space. Therefore, installing intelligent sound systems such as line array speakers, which focus sound in specific areas, is always recommended.
Hire an Expert — Many restaurants will always cut corners by installing substandard equipment to cut costs. Therefore, they resort to a system that is either cheap, too loud or improperly configured. Based on your budget, a sound system expert needs to know some basics, including equipment location, proposed zones, room dimensions, floor plan, ceiling height and room surface materials. Consulting a professional sound technician can aid in mitigating improper equipment placement challenges. Finally, a sound consultant can work with other professionals, like interior designers, to integrate the sound system with the overall appearance of the restaurant.
Budget — Always budget for equipment while bearing in mind the built quality rather than function. Your sound equipment should outlive the warranty period and perform beyond expectations. Avoid consumer-grade sound equipment that is not ideal for a restaurant setting. A good commercial sound system should incorporate quality speakers that are angled towards the seating areas with better sound coverage, and don't forget to budget for installation labour and consultation fees. Most clients err by limiting themselves to a specific figure instead of asking for different quotations from potential sound system experts. If you have a better sound system, you could easily attract popular artists and DJs to perform in your restaurant, which in turn will bring more customers to your establishment. As such, the initial high budget for installing a quality system is offset by the influx of high-paying customers you get in the long term.
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