Detroit, MI (April 5, 2006)–Nu-Star Technologies, LLC recently created a massive AV install at the new Cheli’s Chili Bar in Detroit. Sporting eight different zones and multiple audio and video inputs across three floors, the sports themed restaurant and bar is located across the street from two of Detroit’s professional sporting venues: Comerica Park and Ford Field. Part of that install includes a Biamp Audia AudiaFlex chassis.
Nu-Star began on the AV system in December, with plans to route analog video signals to the 32 plasma screen televisions located throughout the restaurant’s first and second floors in addition to the Player’s Room VIP lounge. In addition to video signal distribution, audio from the satellite feeds and XM satellite radio feeds, provided via DirecTV, had to be processed and routed to the restaurant’s more than 40 Soundtube speakers.
At the center of the network is Biamp’s AudiaFlex, configured with 16 inputs and eight outputs. Housed in a MRK pull-out rack from Middle Atlantic Products, the AudiaFlex works in conjunction with an Autopatch 32×32 central component switcher to distribute data from 11 video inputs: ten HD satellites and one progressive scan Sony DVD player. The AudiaFLEX also receives input from a total of ten receivers: three HD video receivers and one XM satellite receiver on the first floor; two HD video receivers and one XM satellite receiver on the second floor; and three HD video receivers in the VIP lounge.
“We’ve found AudiaFlex to be a very reliable component,” commented Josh Evans, technical director at Nu-Star Technologies, LLC. “”Cheli’s Chili is housed in a magnificent building. While its’ structural features are aesthetically pleasing, it did pose a few challenges with regard to sound distribution, the biggest being ceiling height. With AudiaFlex we were able to designate a number of separate audio zones, each of which maximizes distribution with regard to the zone’s ceiling height. This means that sound in the main area of the first floor, where the ceiling height is 18 feet, is just as engaging as sound on the second floor where the ceiling height is only nine feet.”
To give all of the restaurant employees control over audio levels and video feeds, Nu-Star installed three Crestron touchpanel controllers, one for each level of the restaurant. On the first two levels, employees can use the controllers to switch video feeds on the plasma screens as well as audio volume. In the VIP lounge, a third Crestron controller has been added that both employees and patrons can use to adjust video feeds and audio levels.
The AudiaFlex afforded Nu-Star the ability to pre-program a preset for powering on and powering down the system. When powered on, the audio levels and video distribution begins at a predetermined setting, every time, eliminating the need to manually reset volume levels when powering down. AudiaFlex also allowed Nu-Star to program audio presets that maximize sound distribution in each of the restaurant’s various zones. With the Audia software, Nu-Star also plans to program additional presets for pre-determined mood settings, including lunch and dinner/nighttime settings.