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Dapto Leagues upgrades club with Martin Audio

Dapto Leagues upgrades club with Martin Audio
L-R: Ewan McDonald (Technical Audio Group), Robin McCarthy (FPOV) and Michael Fagan (AVI Connect) return to the WB Sports Bar at the Dapto Leagues Club

Dapto Leagues upgrades club with Martin Audio


The Dapto Leagues Club in New South Wales, founded in 1955 by 14 local businessmen, sportsmen and community leaders, has upgraded its facilities by refurbishing the interior design and installing a Martin Audio system supplied by TAG and installed by Connect AVI. Now with 20,000 members on file, the club brought in architectural designer Altis to lead the project.

“West Dapto is located in a growth area,” commented club executive officer, David Hiscox. “The board of directors were looking to rejuvenate and renew their business by attracting new residents to the area. Therefore, we wanted the club to appeal as a modern, contemporary, top-line facility with a New York warehouse feel.”

Altis design insisted on a discreet installation of loudspeakers to the underside of the ceiling, with architecturally transparent screens and panels installed to hide the services. Boasting eight international offices, the Sydney branch of AV Design consultancy Firefly Point Of View (FPOV) was elected to work closely with Altis. “Our consultancy business challenges traditional AV design,” commented FPOV lead AV designer, Robin McCarthy. “As designers with backgrounds in theatrical, furnishing and industrial design, we see beyond engineering and technology deployment to expand the sensory experiences for our diverse client base.”

The venue is separated into eight distinct zones including The Mill restaurant, Lobby Lounge café and the WB Sports Bar. Following the design brief provided by Altis, FPOV provided an evenly dispersed hi-fi quality audio system that can be enhanced during key events.

In the Mill, conversations among patrons figure highly and so a distributed audio system consisting of compact Adorn A55 enclosures provides even coverage throughout this extensive space. Comprising a 5.25-inch LF driver and a 0.75-inch HF driver on a 110° x 80° horn, the 50W AES-rated speaker operates within a frequency range down to 90Hz (+/-3dB).

With 17 screens including a 153-inch HD display, the larger atrium WB Sports Bar is the largest sports viewing venue in the Illawarra and South Coast region. Whereas the eyes focus on the displays during a rugby league or AFL sporting fixture, the ears are drawn towards the powerful Martin Audio CDD8 8-inch cabinets. Extending the LF response to 70Hz (+/- 3dB) and maximum SPL to 117dB (continuous), each compact two-way passive composite enclosure comprises of an 8-inch LF woofer with a 1-inch exit HF Coaxial Differential Dispersion driver. Like the Adorn A55 models, the HF section of the CDD8 can be rotated for orientating either horizontally or vertically for added installation flexibility.

When the WB Sports Bar is not screening sporting events, live bands and other higher SPL events can take advantage of the customised Atterotech wall plates outfitted with subwoofer audio inputs. A Q-SYS Core 110f DSP processor and QSC CXD networked amplifiers output the wireless microphone and audio source signals. The entire venue is separated into eight distinct zones, which can be individually managed and controlled in terms of source and volume via Q-Sys TST7-w wall mounted touchscreens. As a result, this has created distinct demographic sections.

As the first project in Australia to adopt the newly launched Adorn loudspeaker series, systems integrator Connect AVI was impressed with its ease of installation. “The ability to work with a great AV systems integrator is paramount to the outcome of total design,” added McCarthy. “We know that the expertise and experience of the integrators is as valuable to the final design and we got that working with project manager Michael Fagan of Connect AVI. Both Connect AVI and F-POV received excellent technical support from Ewan McDonald and Bryan Davidson at TAG who supplied the Martin Audio and QSC components. What we love about our business is that no project is too small or big, so when we were approached to design the AV systems for the refurbishment project of the Dapto Leagues Club in southern NSW, it was something we were proud to undertake.”

A discrete Martin Audio Adorn A55 speaker system in The Mill restaurant area
A discrete Martin Audio Adorn A55 speaker system in The Mill restaurant area

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