Miami's Top Five Nightclub Sound Systems

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Amnesia's got a killer system.
Miami residents are faced with tough decisions every day. Beach or pool? Take I-395 or I-195? SPF 30 or SPF 15? Put the top down or leave it up? The list is endless.

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.

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Via setmiami.com

5. SET
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."

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4. Space
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."

Location Info

Map

Space

34 NE 11th St., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Set Nightclub

320 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

LIV

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

Mansion

1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

Amnesia Miami - CLOSED

136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

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16 comments
Jb
Jb

 How can you write an article about the best club sound systems without mentioning what the sound systems are??? Doesn't even say what brand is used in the one he quotes as the best, let alone any info on the setup. Pointless...

music recording equipment
music recording equipment

I agree, Electric Pickle pretty much seals the deal. The excellent sound to room ratio makes the experience really awesome.

Valeriaalejandra
Valeriaalejandra

Mansion? Set?  Horrrrrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiibbbbbblllleeeeeee! This writer has obviously never been to a club!

Lord Toussaint
Lord Toussaint

Please follow the link below to watch INFINTE Systems in action replacing the entire Funktion One sound system at LIV! The ENTIRE SYSTEM, speakers, amplification and processing, were replaced by INFINITE, using DYNACORD and INFINITE HYBRID! Please watch all the way through, see Erick Morillos reaction to the new system for yourself!             http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

                                 

Lord Toussaint
Lord Toussaint

Karim, it appears that you are mis-informed, my company, INFINITE SYSTEMS in Miami, replaced the ENTIRE audio system at LIV in early February 2012. We are also the designers and installers of the audio systems at SPACE, Miami. Either LIV or Space, provide a sense of envelopment that is very much a part of Electronic Dance Music! I disagree strongly with Mr. Bodou about Amnesia having anything but a "front ended" 80's Era, Arena Rock sound system, lacking for an EDM experience!

Boobiee
Boobiee

My favorite sound system is at Scarlettes. No joke. 

Digitalperformer
Digitalperformer

Such a great article, you got the nameof the sound company wrong. Way to double check your facts Herald. They are called sound investments, and they are out of chicao

Ratbastard
Ratbastard

churchills has the best sound system in town. i dare anyone who goes to mansion or amnesia or liv to venture out to little haiti.

Melanie Noelle
Melanie Noelle

Priceless quote:​"Miami residents are faced with tough decisions every day. Beach or pool? Take I-395 or I-195? SPF 30 or SPF 15? Put the top down or leave it up? Which club should I head to tonight?" The list is endless. 

Great article! 

Jrodriguez67
Jrodriguez67

Electric Pickle has one of the best soundsystemz in Miami when you talk about it being proportionate to the room size.

LSD25
LSD25

i have never been to any of these 5 but i have been to vagabond and smaller hip venues. vagabond has horns in their back room which is kind of weird but sounds ok and when they do live acts they seem to use spkrs in all 4 corners of the room (which is also kind of weird). but when the vagabond gets that light show going and the room attendence  is sparse, the effect is comparable to an LSD trip.

CancionEpica
CancionEpica

 Electric Pickle is definitely the best sounding room

Lord Toussaint
Lord Toussaint

Boobiee, Glad you like Scarlett's, the reason you like it is, its the only Gentlmens Club in the WORLD with a Dynacord Alpha Concept Audio System, in fact, designed and installled by my firm, INFINITE Systems in Miami! ENjoy!

Richrich1990
Richrich1990

lol electric pickle isn't even a top nightspot in miami dude. that's more of a lounge type of place.

SobeDouche
SobeDouche

Yeah dude, I know... where's the VIP? I feel so out of place there!!

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