London (May 26, 2005)–The Aura Kitchen and Bar in Mayfair recently became the first boutique bar/club to install a custom ATC (Acoustic Transducer Company) speaker system. The three-way, fully active ATC speaker systems at the Aura Kitchen and Bar, a restaurant and lounge bar located below the Caviar House on St. James Street, are based upon the company’s top of the range SCM300 monitors, with an additional 15-inch subwoofer. Eight additional 15-inch passive bass reflex subwoofers are built into the venue’s banquet seating.
Each main tower is powered by ATC three-channel Class A/B amplifiers; an ATC 600-watt amplifier drives each of the four subwoofers. Flown loudspeakers would not have matched the interior décor at Aura, which captures the ambience of the New York lounge scene with comfortable furnishings, tinted mirrors, themed color schemes, subtle lighting, and crystal chandeliers that formerly lit the ballroom at the nearby Claridges Hotel. The ATC speakers were therefore ordered in floor-standing towers that are finished in striking piano black lacquer with aluminum detailing.
Aura, opened in April 2003 by a group of friends led by David Serlui, with design overseen by Rupert Meeker (co-founder of the funky label, Buddhist Punk), is a dual-purpose venue that incorporates tables that may be hydraulically lowered after the kitchen closes to accommodate the late-night cocktail crowd. The business also encompasses a record label that makes available to the public the sophisticated European and Latin music for which the Aura Kitchen and Bar has become known.
Trans Audio Group (ATC’s US Distributor)