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Swedish Joan’s Café installs 18 gold Genelec speakers

The cafe employed a Genelec sound system to transform its sound system from day to night

Joan’s Café, a small Swedish chain with three branches, has invested in an entirely gold Genelec sound system for its Finspang franchise to satisfy its diverse purposes as an eatery by day and live lounge by night.

The cafe employed specialist system integrator, Lefflers AV, to install the system; Lefflers AV installed 18 Genelec 4030 loudspeakers throughout the restaurant, managed by a Control4 system combined with a Triad audio matrix. All of the speakers are gold to match the décor of the cafe.

Lefflers AV’s Mattias Björkman commented: “Joan’s wanted a system that would sound great at low volumes during dinner or drinks, but powerful enough to handle a proper DJ set or small live band without going into overload. During dinner you want a full, warm sound, albeit at a low, unobtrusive level, but in the evening when the DJ or band come on, you need to be able to turn it up and still have it sound vibrant and detailed at higher levels.

“We opted for the 4030Cs throughout because, although compact, they are sufficiently powerful and develop enough low-end that they can be used without a sub, even at high SPLs. This means that they sound great in the restaurant but still work really well if there is a DJ or band performing. 

“Another advantage is that they are active loudspeakers: in other words, amplification and processing is integrated into each loudspeaker for simple plug- and-play operation. The other big benefit was from a design point of view; all Genelec 4000 Series installation loudspeakers are available in 120 RAL colours, and for Joan’s, we went for gold speakers throughout as they blend perfectly into the décor.”

“The reaction we’ve had to the new system has been amazing,” confirmed Björkman. “The staff are happy because it’s really easy to use and its performance is excellent, while certain DJs have commented that it’s the best system they have ever played on anywhere, which is high praise indeed.”