When our customer approached us to do audio/video for the new eatery, State of Confusion, we knew that it was going to be a cool project. We had previously done a system at Stir, the sister restaurant just up the street, so we knew the aesthetic was going to be hip, with an industrial bent. The origin story of the building itself is quite interesting. The restaurant is located at the former site of Estate of Confusion, which was a salvage yard, and many of the metal elements and hints of that history remain.
The primary focus of the restaurant was to be on the expansive outdoor seating area, so we knew right away we needed to provide enough speakers so there would be no lapses in coverage. We chose Tannoy surface mount indoor/outdoor speakers throughout. Because of the exposed beams and inherent peculiarities of the interior space, we had to add acoustic treatments to cut down on reverberation and echo. Turbo Sound subwoofers were used inside and FTB subwoofers were used outside, as well as Episode landscape speakers. Labgruppen amplifiers rounded out the extensive audio setup.
As far as video was concerned, there were two interior spaces that required televisions, and for those spaces we chose 65” and 75” Sonys. The televisions placed in the outdoor setting are under cover, so we went with 85” Sonys.
As for networking, a Ubiquiti router, switch and WAPs were installed. Wiring conduit was run to the pump house, which is the ancillary indoor space across the courtyard from the main eatery.
We used a Crestron control system, for which we wrote a customized interface to be able use an iPad to control televisions and music from anywhere on the property. We used a Crestron DSP to adjust the audio characteristics of each zone. Just Add Power video distribution was used to get video content to the displays. One added feature was the request of a presentation system, and for that we went with wePresent.
In the end our customer was pleased with the extensive coverage of the audio, and the way the project turned out on the whole.