Plano, TX (April 12, 2007)–John Lyons has designed a number of successful cocktail lounges and high-end nightclubs, and his latest idea is a Martini Park chain of concept cocktail lounges offering live bands and DJs six nights a week. The first Martini Park, co-partnered by Lyons and Chris Barish, opened recently in Plano, Texas, close to the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area, with other locations scheduled to come online in Chicago and Houston during the summer. Powering the sound for all that music are Crown XTi Series amplifiers.
The crowd gets down to the Crown-powered PA at Martini Park in Plano, TX.The Avalon Sound division of the Las Vegas-based entrepreneurs’ design/build firm, John Lyons Systems, is responsible for the custom PA and lighting systems being used at the new Martini Park venues. Lyons also owns Avalon clubs in Boston and New York, as well as Avalon and Spider Club in Los Angeles, and was co-developer of EAW’s Avalon Series professional loudspeakers. “My extensive experience in the entertainment industry enables me to provide visionary design concepts combined with technical knowledge and expertise,” the designer says.
“Sound system design for the first 8,000-square-foot Martini Park lounge was of critical importance,” Lyons considered. “Audio clarity, reach and intelligibility are primary specifications I look for in a power amplifier, and, in addition to featuring those, this new Crown XTi Series offers a very effective power-versus-cost ratio. I specified four XTi 4000 models for the main PA systems, three XTi 4000s for the dance floor, four XTi 2000s for the stage monitors, and another quartet of XTi 2000s for the distributed-sound system,” Lyons explains.
“What I like most about this new XTi Series,” the designer and club owner confides, “is that it does a lot of different, unique things. The onboard DSP processing is very useful–we use it for crossover settings, delays and equalization of individual speaker arrays. Also, in addition to full support of HiQnet System Architect software, each amplifier can be remote controlled via a conventional USB connection. We use [BSS Audio] Soundweb London to route sources to each power amplifier from our main digital live sound mixer and DJ console, as well as a number of auxiliary input sources, including video and TV sound playback.”