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Yamaha dances into the night

Yamaha dances into the night

Yamaha dances into the night


Ku-Bu is a nightclub at the Radisson Blu Hotel set within the cultural and art heritage district of Dubai Deira Creek. The owners decided to upgrade its sound system as part of a recent renovation to modernise the space and relied on products from Yamaha, distributed by Thomsun and installed by systems integrator Adeco.

‘The bar should have a club-like performance when needed and a smooth-sounding, discreet and sophisticated system during off peak hours,’ said Ranjith Janardhanan, sales manager of Adeco. ‘With its already formidable sound system, the Ku-Bu operation team was passionate about the use of new technology which could be the future of nightclub sound. Previously, audio was not uniformly distributed in the lounge area and the DJ was not happy with the existing power of the speakers.’

Yamaha DZR12 speaker
Yamaha DZR12 speaker

In order to give the bar what it was looking for, Janardhanan turned to Thomsun, and in turn Yamaha. ‘When the management of Ku-Bu decided to modernise and completely refurbish the club, they were keen to retain the elements that held so much appeal to the customers,’ he commented. ‘Adamant that the sound system deserved as much attention as the décor, we decided to go to Thomsun to provide Yamaha audio products for its high-quality sound delivery.’

The result was the installation of four Yamaha DZR12 speakers and two DXS18XLF subwoofers. The setup also included a DZR10 DJ monitor, MTX3 processor and DCP14S volume control. ‘A site demo convinced the client of both the performance and suitability, and the speaker system had been tuned to provide a well-balanced frequency response by Thomsun’s tech team with good coverage in seating areas to maximise the characteristics and performance of the sound system.’

Janardhanan concluded: ‘The speakers would have to hang close to the ceiling, pointing downwards and handle about twice the power than the old speakers could. Restaurants and clubs usually have very inconsistent and noisy AC power and we have also installed a power line conditioner surge protector. The subwoofer provided is thick and gives a driving beat. An extra benefit of the careful speaker placement is that the sound stays focused and concentrated in each area and does not blast the other areas where people want to talk.’

The end result of the Ku-Bu revamp is an intimate and focused audio solution that matches the colourful and tasteful interior touches. The overhanging speaker system offers an eye-catching yet solid sonic sound solution that directly yet not intrusively puts the listener in the best position regardless of where they are. This coupled with the clarity of sound found in the DZR speaker range allows music to played at relatively high levels while allowing conversation to not be drowned out.

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