Powersoft provides the right ingredients for LA’s Otium

An array of Powersoft Ottocanali amplifiers have been used to provide cohesive audio among numerous dining environments in a new restaurant located at the heart of Los Angeles’ cultural corridor.

Adrian and Gabriel De Pamphilis, from Los Angeles-based Fyxx Entertainment, which handles integrations for dozens of restaurants and other facilities in and around the metro area, specified the audio, telephony, surveillance and IT systems for Otium, which opened last November. "Lately, we’ve been using Powersoft with speakers from Martin Audio – this combination works the best," said Adrian De Pamphilis.

The rack includes three Powersoft Ottocanali 4K4s driving the audio for the entire facility. Each channel on the Ottocanali is capable of delivering 250 watts over 8 ohms, and the systems design of the restaurant is set up into 16 zones – all controlled by the central rack unit.

"With the three Powersoft amplifiers, we have complete control of the audio for each area: the bar, dining rooms, kitchens, patio, entrance, hallways and the rest of the restaurant. The result is a cohesive system where patrons don’t perceive any dips or valleys in the audio coverage or sound pressure level. Early on, when the decision to have a stereo set up in the main areas of the restaurant was made, we knew that the eight channels capabilities of the Ottocanali was the right and the only way to go," said Gabriel De Pamphilis.

The installation of a high-end audio system was very important for the owners of the facility: "Otium is a very fun place with an open kitchen floor plan – there is a lot of energy coming from the kitchen and they wanted to continue this energy throughout the whole environment," noted Adrian De Pamphilis. "They didn’t want to see any speakers, but wanted the perfect sound system."

To pair with the Powersoft Ottocanalis, the Fyxx team integrated (24) Martin Audio CDD5 surface-mounted speakers and (36) Martin C6.8T ceiling mounted speakers, coupled with four Martin Audio CXL112 B subwoofers for the interior areas. The speakers were placed in a symmetrical pattern and the subwoofers – along with the surface mounted speakers – were neatly concealed in the ceiling and custom made furniture so they would not be visible to patrons.

Perhaps the most important reason Powersoft was specified for the job was because of performance reliability: "This restaurant is operational around the clock, so the amplifiers have to work all the time," Gabriel De Pamphilis concluded.