Miami's Top Five Nightclub Sound Systems
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Another FAQ for MIA heads: "Which club should I head to tonight?" And indeed, the Miami nightlife scene never sleeps, with new clubs constantly opening up and old ones renovating to compete for the local and tourist dollar.
So when it comes to their sound systems, Miami clubs are not shy spenders, often shelling out close to a half-million dollars.
"It depends on the client," says Todd Konecny, partner in the renowned Sound Investments Audio, which installs sound systems across the country in the nation's biggest clubs and tourist destinations. "One thing I love about Miami is that club owners here are usually flexible and really want to make an impact with their sound systems."
Here are five clubs guaranteed to make your eardrums quiver in stereophonic delight.
The Opium Group, which also owns the Hard Rock's Opium, Mansion, and Louis Bar-Lounge in the Gansevoort, opened SET in February of 2007 with the vision of expanding and putting a new face on its nightclub array. The design is inspired by Hollywood luxury homes of the 1930s and '40s, featuring plenty of crystal, Pucci fabrics, baby croc, leather, and "Tinseltown-era" artifacts. The 10,000-square-foot former theatre features two levels with four bars, all draped in small, high-quality speakers.
"You want to leave a small footprint," explains Konecny, who has worked with the Opium Group on all its clubs. "With higher quality speakers, there is more room for clubs to put tables and VIP seating."
It's four in the morning and the club just announced last call. Problem is, you are not done partying. Where to go from here?
With parties often letting out the next afternoon, Downtown Miami's Club Space is afterhours on steroids. Dance music is its signature, and the speakers are designed to optimize the low-range characteristic often associated with high-energy house music. "It's not a rock concert," says Konecny. "You have to optimize the low end of the sound range to support the sound associated with dance music."