Martin Audio Covers Multiple Levels at SteakBar Restaurant

Martin Audio Ceiling Series and CDD speakers provide exceptional coverage and audio quality for all four floors of Chicago's popular SteakBar restaurant.

A popular New American steak house in Chicago's Old Town district, SteakBar features an audio system with Martin Audio CDD and Ceiling Series speakers on four levels to provide exceptional sound quality and coverage throughout the space.


As described by installer Ayre Productions principal John Wagner, "SteakBar has an elegant menu and very tasty food that keeps people coming back for more.

"There's a walk-in lobby floor which opens up to an outdoor seating area beyond the entrance which has glass doors, a downstairs space with enclosed booths and a bar, a second floor above and a half-level area between both with bars, tables and highboy seating--all covered by Martin Audio."

SteakBar, another successful Four Corners Tavern Group-Hogsalt collaboration, provides nuanced background music for its patrons in addition to supporting DJs on weekends who play what Wagner terms "downbeat house music that builds to a contemporary Top 40 playlist."

To achieve maximum results, the Ayre install team mounted 14 Martin Audio C6.8T's in the ceiling throughout the basement area and three CDD's mounted along the wall facing the street entrance in the first floor lobby.

Upstairs, the second floor includes three CDD10's firing in from the window side and two CSX212's at opposite ends/corners of the room facing each other with a bar in the middle of the room facing the street.

A half floor below, there are six CDD10's—two for the DJ booth which is adjacent--two CDD6's and three CSX212's "for a ton of low end" that are perimeter-mounted at several points in the room.

According to Wagner, "the system is designed for one signal source but the restaurant does have the option to run different program material in a specific area, like a sports broadcast in the basement.

"The owners love the speakers," he continues, "as they do with the other restaurant installs we've done for them, Fremont and Federales.

"The CDD sound is pleasing to the ear whether it's quiet or loud and you barely notice the cabinets when you look up because of their slim profile. Customers can enjoy the music, have conversations and a great dining experience without experiencing any ear fatigue. The DJ's are 100% into them as well.

"Bottom line, CDD speakers really excel in terms of performance with a price point that gives our clients the opportunity to have a high-quality Martin Audio system that sounds better than any other installed product in all of Chicagoland."

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