West Hollywood, CA (September 29, 2004)–The Abbey, a club located on Robertson Blvd. in West Hollywood, is now the home to a new, thumping audio system, built around a selection of MacPherson loudspeakers.
In May, 2004, The Abbey held a grand opening party to celebrate the completion of its newly expanded space (the fifth in 13 years). The two-million dollar renovation involved the dining, bar, lounge, and dance areas, adding 5,000 square feet to the existing 11,000. It also added a new sound system and a state-of-the-art DJ booth.
Jon Blanchard of LA-based audio design firm The Avalon Group (which he owns with partner Shawn Sanderfer) was brought in to design and install the new sound system, which serves the Dance and Lounge Rooms. Blanchard had listened to some MacPherson speakers and liked what he heard. He was impressed with the sound and also with a number of recent NYC club installations he’d read about.
The result? The Abbey’s new system features all MacPherson loudspeakers. Eight M2Xs and three Scholar Model 118 subwoofers–all flown unobtrusively, are driven by QSC PL236 power amps. In addition, Ashly products including the 4.24C crossover and GQX-3102 equalizer were used.
With its15-inch woofer and 2-inch driver, the compact M2X is a favorite among club audio designers looking for wide horizontal coverage and true musicality. For low frequency performance, the Scholar subwoofer offers warm and punchy bass while maintaining excellent clarity.
According to Blanchard, the client is very pleased with the new audio system. They’re hoping to revamp the remaining systems in the other parts of the club in the near future. Blanchard will also tell you that patrons have noticed the difference. “The MacPherson system fills the room perfectly, and the clarity is terrific,” Blanchard said. “This is a very hot club, so sound is important. They didn’t want background music.”