Brunswick Street Fitzroy, close to the centre of Melbourne has always had a reputation as a "fringe arts and culture" and with a history dating back to 30s prohibition sly grog bars to 70s counterculture.
These days the strip is the gateway to Melbournes Bohemian street culture and at the entrance of this modern incarnation of Bohemian Melbourne is the Stone Hotel. Now open after a long and thorough renovation. The rebuilding of this heritage building was a considerable undertaking and along with the rebuild came a new audio system. Owner Tom Tschui and his father (another Tom) selected sound designer Richard Hallam to provide what every club owner wants but often doesnt get "An audio system that will do every type of function and music and be able to do it 20 hours a day and be easy to operate by any employee".
This is exactly what Richard delivered with a distributed combination of Quest HPI 8i/HPI5 and the super compact HPI12S sub bass. All supported by Quest electronics.
The venue is on two levels with an outdoor area on each level. Weather resistant Quest MS series cover the outdoor areas.
Because of the Quest asymmetrical projection benefit of the HPI8i speakers, a potentially reverberant area is controlled and the sound is crisp and direct.
Each area is zoned and the sound pressure level is uniform and smooth. This works both for inside and outside the venue. Higher SPL is where it is needed without causing noise problems in this inner city area prone to noise sensitivity.