Las Vegas (March 30, 2006)–The $20 million Tao at the Venetian bills itself as an “Asian city,” which might not be too far off for a venue that includes a 400-seat restaurant and 10,000 square foot nightclub. All that requires the right audio to fill it, so Tao Las Vegas co-owner Rich Wolf called upon designer and fellow club owner John Lyons, president of design/build company John Lyons Systems and owner of the Avalon clubs in Boston, NYC, and LA, to design and install the EAW-laden sound system.
Tao at the Ventetian hotel and casino in Las Vegas sports 154 EAW loudspeakers on its premises.”The sound design covers every square inch of Tao including hallways and bathrooms,” said Lyons. This is important considering Tao specializes in “vibe dining” where dancing on the way to your table or to the bathroom is encouraged. Wolf and business partner Mark Packer wanted the sound system to keep up with the energy of the guests and follow wherever the party happened; whether it is in the dining room, the nightclub or both.
“In a space like Tao, the coverage of the sound system is important, but so is the quality,” explained Lyons. “[Wolf] wanted to be able to clear out all the tables in the restaurant and have a big party if the mood struck. To do so, all installed loudspeakers needed to keep up with the nightclub dance music.” To provide coverage for Tao’s diverse areas, Lyons chose over twenty loudspeaker models from EAW’s product line, for a total of 154 loudspeakers. Models ranged from the Avalon series (which Lyons co-developed with EAW) to the MK series and the EAW CommercialVR series.
One example of Tao’s diverse conditions and usage is the multi-level dining area, which features 40 foot ceilings. Although the upper level is used for dining, it can also be used as a dance club space; therefore, Tao needed loudspeakers capable of high SPLs but which would not tarnish the aesthetics. Lyons used eight EAW UB82 compact loudspeakers and EAW SB150r subwoofers to complement the flush-mounted EAW LXCX2XO ceiling speakers used on the lower level.
For the nightclub, Lyons installed four EAW Avalon DC2 full-range loudspeakers, two EAW Avalon DC5 12″ 2-way loudspeakers, and six EAW Avalon DCS2 subwoofers as the main dance floor system. Seven EAW UB82e loudspeakers and one EAW SB250 subwoofer provide additional coverage off the dance floor. In the nightclub’s VIP area, these special guests are covered by six EAW MK2396 12-inch 2-way loudspeakers and one EAW VRS18 subwoofer.