In the heart of London’s trendy Portobello Road the UKAI sushi house has recently undergone a complete makeover with a new Martin Audio CDD sound system provided by Old Barn Audio (OBA).
UKAI owner, Amir Moaven, was convinced after being recommended to OBA by a Portuguese restaurateur for whom the installers had provided a Martin Audio system some 18 months previously. OBA director, Neil Kavanagh, says he wanted high quality background music.
The space is divided around a U-shaped room, with a restaurant and separate chill-out lounge.
In the main bar are a pair of Martin Audio’s CDD10 and a white CSX112 single 12” sub, which blends with the white Yamaha upright piano. Providing coverage in the restaurant meanwhile are three of the smaller CDD5 5” speakers. Finally, CDD6 6” cover the chill-out lounge.
Kavanagh explains that: “The challenge had been to mount the speakers as high as possible above the floor in order to angle them correctly and direct the energy where it was needed.Fortunately the Martin Audio mounting hardware is versatile, and although it places quite a bit of torque on the bracket it is more than capable of handling it, and forms a perfect solution.”
Six separate inputs can be routed to any of the four areas via the zoner, with playlists stored on computer and the programme ranging from hip-hop to soul and Latino. The versatility of the in-house system enables the venue to transcend effortlessly into a nightspot when market trading has finished outside.
Moaven adds: “It is the most shrewd investment I have ever made in this business. The sound is so superior that in the words of one of the employees ‘It makes you look forward to coming to work’.”