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The Stoned Crow is Born Again

North Shore classic The Stoned Crow has been born again, taken over by the team behind Bondi Pizza. The bar has been reincarnated with a ‘back to nature’ vibe following five months of preening.

It’s now a stylish meeting place with cosy nooks, mood lighting and faux animal hides on the floor and covering the low stools. The front windows open the bar to the street, giving an airy feel that’s so different to the smoky, dark bar it was twenty years ago.

The Constant Group were responsible for the audio design in the venue opting for a JBL speaker package that includes the new JBL Control 62P satellite pendant speakers. The speakers are powered by two Crown XLS1000 amplifiers, two Crown CDi1000 amplifiers and a Crown 280A amplifier.

“The idea was to have a great restaurant feel with high quality sound in the background,” explained Con Constantinou, Managing Director of The Constant Group. “However, the venue needed to easily adapt to a chic bar with a relaxed feel as the evening progresses creating a great atmosphere. At the same time we had to take into consideration that it will also be used for private functions and allow for DJ integration.”

The challenge for The Constant Group was to ensure that all areas of the venue were covered with quality sound, but at the same time they needed to guarantee that the sound did not spill out the front bi-fold windows thus affecting the residential complex built above it.

Four JBL Control 24 in-ceiling speakers are installed into the entry area. Four JBL Control 25AV loudspeakers and JBL Control 50 compact subwoofer service the front dining area with the same set up used in the middle area near the bar. A couple of JBL Control 25AV loudspeakers are installed into the front lounge area. 

Four JBL Control 62P satellite pendant speakers and a JBL Control 50 compact subwoofer, feed the front of the bar area.

“The JBL Control 62P satellite pendant speakers are hanging from the ceiling in front of the bar area and are great fill in speakers,” commented Con.

“They still allow the bar staff to hear patron’s orders but at the same time, they deliver high quality sound into the area at lower levels than the rest of the area. The Control 62P satellite pendant speakers also fit in amazingly and the designer was extremely impressed with not only the look of them but how well they compliment the lighting at the front of the bar area. 

“The Control 25AV and the Control 50 sub also fit in with the design and do not detract from the design features throughout.”

Even though it’s not a large venue, The Constant Group have designed the system so that they have full control of all seven zones with pre-programmed modes. This ensures that the correct levels are used throughout the day along with automatic dropping of the volume in the evening for the front zone to ensure that music doesn’t spill onto the street, through the bi fold doors. All this takes place using a BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 and BLU-10 wall remote with programmed modes, ensuring that users can’t just pick whatever level of music they feel like at the time.

Through clever processing, we are also able to achieve a consistent frequency response, no matter the volume level, by automatically adjusting the frequency response when the system is turned down to lower levels. This ensures the system still sounds warm at low levels, without being 'boomy' when turned up.

The two lounge areas needed a cosy and comfortable level of music, which was also achieved by having the separate control over all zones.

All controlled by the BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 digital signal processor and the BLU-10 touch screen networked remote control panel located at easy reach behind the bar.

“The end result is fantastic sound and an extremely happy client, with the system meeting and exceeding all their expectations,” concluded Con.





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