In addition to the Paris retrofit, Meyer Sound systems have been installed at the two newest Buddha-Bar locations in Mexico City and Manila
July 12, 2012 When Parisian entrepreneur Raymond Visan opened the original Buddha-Bar in
satisfied the senses-an experience that blossomed into a global hospitality
phenomenon. To underscore its status as the premiere location, Buddha-Bar
Paris recently installed new Meyer Sound systems to present its wide-ranging
musical atmosphere with consistent, crystal-clear quality.
"At Buddha-Bar, our sonic signature is a subtle combination of world and
electro-ethnic music," observes Franck Fortet, vice president for
development at George V Eatertainment, the parent firm of Buddha-Bar. "It's
an infinity of sounds that requires the perfect sound system, and the effect
as distilled through the new Meyer system has made a remarkable difference
at Buddha-Bar Paris."
The Buddha-Bar systems were designed and installed by John Pouzet of
Paris-based Sonosystem, with design assistance from Cyril Ubersfeld of Meyer
Sound's French distributor, Best Audio. Resident DJ is Ravin.
"I specified a Meyer system to realize a particular sound quality with
detailed resolution that goes beyond the ordinary," Pouzet explains. "We
wanted a sonic character that evoked warmth, and even mystery, something
only a Meyer system could do in this space."
The main restaurant, with tables spread beneath the gaze of a serene Buddha,
is an acoustically challenging space with high ceilings. Here, dynamic
musical energy permeates the room via eight UPJ-1P VariOT loudspeakers,
while solid bass fundamentals exude from dual USW-1P subwoofers underneath
the Buddha statue. To assure uniform low frequencies at all tables, seven
MM-10 miniature subwoofers are concealed in banquettes. The overall audio
response of the space is optimized by a GalileoR loudspeaker management
system with one Galileo 616 processor.
The intimate Red Room employs eight discreet UP-4XP loudspeakers augmented
by two MM-10 subwoofers, again placed under banquettes. For the upper level
bar and lounge alcoves, Pouzet specified a dozen strategically placed UPM-1P
loudspeakers, with bass boosted by four M1D-Sub and two UMS-1P subwoofers in
the larger spaces and around the bar. The live DJ controls his own Meyer
Sound monitor rig, comprising dual UPM-1P loudspeakers and a close-proximity
According to Fortet, Meyer Sound has become a key partner in refining the
remarkably successful "eatertainment" concept. "We are thrilled to
collaborate with Meyer Sound, not just in Paris but also at other locations
around the world," he says. "We have worked hard to create our own musical
signature, and Meyer continues to collaborate with us in improving on the
optimum rendition of sound."
In addition to the Paris retrofit, Meyer Sound systems have been installed
at the two newest Buddha-Bar locations in Mexico City and Manila, as well as
at two other George V Eatertainment locations: Little Buddha in Sharm El
Sheikh, Egypt and Barrio Latino in Paris.
ABOUT MEYER SOUND
Family owned and operated since 1979, Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. designs
and manufactures high-quality, self-powered sound reinforcement
loudspeakers, digital audio systems, active acoustic systems, cinema sound
systems, and sound measurement tools for the professional audio industry.
Founded by John and Helen Meyer, the company has grown to become a leading
worldwide supplier of systems for theatres, arenas, stadiums, theme parks,
convention centers, houses of worship, and touring concert sound rental
operations. Meyer Sound's main office and manufacturing facility are located
in Berkeley, California, with field offices and authorized distributors
located throughout the USA and around the world.