Opening towards the end of 2013, Masu very quickly established itself as one of Auckland's most awarded top restaurants. In fact it was named Metro Magazine's Restaurant of the Year after just six months of business!
A welcome addition to Skycity's mix of dining options, Masu is loacted in the space previously occupied by the Champagne Bar in the Grand Hotel Foyer.
Owner Nic Watt was very particular about his requirements for the sound system. In keeping with the quality of food, decor and atmosphere, he asked for a high quality solution that would cater for the multiple uses of the restaurant. Nic wanted a discrete solution that could unobtrusively play background music, but also reproduce foreground levels when required, with no loss of quality.
Because of the feature ceiling construction, white JBL Control 67PT pendant speakers were used. These were lowered in over the top of the wooden slates to remain as inconspicuous as possible. The JBL Control 67PT is a two-way speaker consisting of a 6.5 inch woofer and a 1 inch soft dome tweeter. It features an exclusive JBL technology called Radiation Boundary Integrator - a slotted addition to the molded enclosure sits in front of the drivers and ensures consistent frequency response over the wide 120 degrees dispersion.
The bar area at the front of Masu functions as an independent zone, with the main dining area divided into three zones for maximum flexibility. The restaurant also features a private dining room which is covered by JBL Control 24CT ceiling speakers.
Local line and mic inputs from each zone are integrated with audio feeds from the main Sky City site in a BLU-800 DSP processor. This is then connected to a Crown DCi series, multi-channel amplifier via Harman's digital audio buss, Blu-Link. The system is controlled by Crestron, with touch screen panels in each area.
Installed by Provision Technologies
Programming and commissioning assistance provided by Jpro