The Common Room:
The West End at Crown Level 1, Clarendon St, Southbank VIC
When Crown Casino knocks a wall through, its with real intent, and a decent budget. So it was when Melbourne’s gaming cathedral refurbished its West End, throwing $50m at the project, much of which we’ve covered in venue. From an audio perspective, Crown was equally uncompromising, with the Common Room nightclub and lounge scoring a full EAW installation.
The technology consultants were PointOfView while Urban Intelligence was awarded the installation contract.
The Common Room, imagined by CLEO Design out of Vegas, is modelled on the latest and funkiest bars in New York, and has many remarkable features, such as the 200-inch screen behind the bar, DMX stage lighting and custom stage rigging.
But it’s the audio that arguably steals the show.
And EAW system featuring QX full-range speakers, SBK subs and UX8800 speaker control makes for a superb high-energy sound system.
The Common Room is designed to cater for live acoustic, jazz, rock, and all other acts that regularly perform within the venue. From the opening night, the EAW QX system has consistently wowed patrons, providing precise directivity and amazing sound quality, that Crown has come to expect.
The monstrous QX cabinet consists of 4 x 12-inch LF phase-aligned drivers with co-axial MF and HF horn-loaded drivers — selected to enable the perfect amount of audio level to be concentrated on the audience, without spill disturbing the nearby gaming floor.
Meanwhile, the four EAW SBK250 subwoofers pack dual 15-inch direct radiating drivers and are flown and meticulously positioned behind the QX speakers, providing the best possible sound performance in a well balanced, phase aligned and tuned sound system.