For a sizable fraction of greater Columbia, Missouri’s, D. Rowe’s Restaurant and Bar is a regular go-to for great meals in a casual atmosphere. Owner David Rowe opened its doors over fifteen years ago and is proud of the cultural institution he has established. As sometimes happens with aging sound systems, the loudspeakers in D. Rowe’s started buzzing recently.
Management called local A/V integration firm Pure Audio, whose technicians figured out that the system’s DSP was causing the problem. Pure Audio replaced the head end – which included a bulky amp, a DSP, and a few additional rack pieces – with just a single RU, four-channel Ashly nXp-1504 multi-mode amplifier with built-in Protea™ DSP. They replaced the old touchscreen control with a wireless remote using the Ashly Remote App for the Apple® iPad.
Noted Judd Lafrenz, owner of Pure Audio, “It was really time to freshen everything up, including the amps and a lot of the loudspeakers. One thing they loved about the old system was its touchpanel control. It was difficult to justify a $1,000-plus control system for the simple functions of selecting between DirecTV and Muzak and changing the volume in each zone. Even though the Ashly WR-5 wall mounted remote was the obvious control choice, we realized that going from a touchpanel to a hardware controller would feel technologically ‘backward’ to the staff. The Ashly Remote app provides a tremendous value to both our customer and us as it is included at no additional charge with the DSP amp and allowed us to be efficient in our installation and programming of the system.”
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