Nestled in the heart of Mumbai’s bustling BKC business district, is a restaurant that blends unique fine dining experiences with pleasingly syncing aural ambience. Pleo – meaning ‘more’ – as the restaurant is called seeks create a feel of asking for more- by its sheer plate of offerings, whether it sensory or aural ambiences. Playing its part to perfection are Harman audio systems weaved into the design by locally-based systems integrator Integrated System Design.
An SIA account:
Pleo is a remarkable restaurant that delights its patrons with a fusion of Indo-European and Asian cuisines. Besides dishing out delectable menu, Pleo offers a unique dining experience that seamlessly blends fine dining and casual ambiance. Central to the enchanting atmosphere is the carefully designed audio solution weaved in by Mumbai-based AV solutions providers Integrated System Design who chose Harman Professional’s JBL brand to ensure that Pleo offers an exceptional aural experience for diners and elevates the overall atmosphere of the venue.
“Pleo’s commitment to providing a truly exceptional dining experience extends beyond its exquisite menu. Not only do we look to tantalizes taste buds with our diverse culinary offerings, but we also look to envelop our diners in a sonic tapestry that would definitely enhance their overall dining experience,” says the restaurant manager. “The professional audio solution here has been expertly designed by Integrated System Design, and contributes to the restaurant’s inviting atmosphere and immersive ambiance,” he affirms. “From the indoor section to the outdoor patio, every corner of Pleo resonates with exceptional audio quality, creating a harmonious dining experience for patrons.”
As soon as patrons step into Pleo’s indoor dining section, they are greeted by a carefully crafted soundscape that complements the restaurant’s inviting ambiance. And through this, it becomes evident that Integrated System Design meticulously have designed and deployed a bespoke system comprising some of JBL’s leading products to ensure an immersive audio experience throughout the indoor area.
The primary Front of House (FOH) system features two units of the JBL AC299 two-way loudspeakers along with a single unit of the JBL AC28 loudspeaker that have been precisely positioned in an L-C-R format near the bar section to provide accurate and balanced sound reproduction; while delivering focused audio coverage in this crucial area.
Furthermore, the team have also incorporated a high-performance surround sound system comprising four units of the JBL Control 29AV loudspeakers, that has been expertly matched to the FOH system to create a cohesive listening experience for diners. Each of the speakers within the indoor section have been strategically placed to deliver consistent and uniform audio distribution, enveloping diners in a sonic blanket of immersive sound.
Furthering the listening experience, Pleo’s indoor section boasts three units of the JBL ASB6118 subwoofers that deliver powerful and precise low-frequency reproduction; adding depth and richness to the overall soundscape.
Pleo also features a plush DJ console area within the indoor section, which has been equipped with the industry standard XDJ RX3 controller system from industry leader PioneerDJ, thereby offering DJs seamless control over their mixes during performance nights. And accompanying the DJ console are two units of the JBL EON 712 monitors that provide crystal-clear sound for accurate DJ monitoring and performance.
Moving outdoors, Pleo’s patio section offers diners an al fresco experience, complete with scenic views and a refreshing atmosphere. Integrated System Design has extended their expertise to ensure that the audio quality seamlessly transitions from the indoor to the outdoor area. Five units of the JBL Control 28-1 loudspeakers have been strategically positioned in the outdoor patio section to offer a uniform sound experience for patrons seated outside. These weather-resistant speakers deliver exceptional audio performance, complementing the serene outdoor ambiance.
The entire audio system at Pleo is powered by the reliable DCI8600N power amplifiers from Crown, guaranteeing optimal performance and power distribution; while unparalleled control is achieved through a single unit of the BLU50 networked loudspeaker processing system from BSS which provides precise control over audio routing, EQ, and signal processing. And to achieve an optimal mix experience, Pleo employs the use of Soundcraft’s super-efficient and versatile Signature10 mixing console that offers intuitive operation with impeccable sound quality and allows the in-house sound engineers to fine-tune the audio experience to perfection.
“There’s absolutely no doubt that the Harman audio system enhances the overall ambiance of Pleo,” says the manager. “Our team approached the needs of venue in an absolutely meticulous manner, and we’ve managed to craft together a comprehensive solution that outshines in every possible performance metric,” he vouches. “Whether guests are savoring the culinary delights indoors or enjoying the outdoor patio, the carefully designed audio setup ensures that every moment is accompanied by an immersive and captivating soundscape; thereby setting the stage for an unforgettable dining experience.”