The Arcus Cafè and Night Bar have a long and enviable reputation as one of Čakovec’s premier hot spots for entertainment. Situated in northern Croatia, the town and its surrounding area serve a population of nearly 45,000. The club has been open since 1998 and recently completed a thorough refit. The owner, Ivan Steficar, knew he wanted the best quality sound system available to maintain and grow the level of customer satisfaction; so he turned to Davor Files from ELTEL, the sales partner for d&b audiotechnik’s Croatian distributor, Sunflower.
Files explained the rationale behind the choice of loudspeaker: “The Arcus Cafè is quite an intimate space, in total no more than 90 square meters. The performance space for the DJ is in the center of the room, so we opted to incorporate the subs into the plinth itself. The choice there was for 18S-SUBs from the d&b xS-Series. Their compact construction doesn’t compromise their performance and makes them perfect for this sort of environment. The central location of the DJ station makes for a venue where everyone can feel close to the action.”
They chose E8 loudspeakers from the d&b E-Series “They are a two-way multipurpose loudspeaker, and the facility to rotate the horn through 90° is always helpful when you are installing a system in a space like this. The club generally hosts DJ performances, but live music acts also use the venue, so we wanted a system that could be flexible and versatile enough to accommodate this,” Files stated.
Tomislav Koran from Sunflower was involved in the final design decisions. “Although this is quite a small space, the glass and gloss finishes and the rooms leading off, make for, potentially, a fairly tricky design,” he offered, adding, “The owner came to watch us tune the system: The room was full of measurement microphones and wires, and we showed him how simply leaving a door open can dramatically affect the audio experience for his customers. It works like a big Helmholtz resonator and you could hear a significant difference in the sub frequencies when we opened or closed a door.”
Koran continued, “We had 30 days until opening to install the system, which might seem like a fairly comfortable timeframe, but we were working around all the other refurbishment contractors, which can so often hold you up. I was really happy that we managed to complete the installation on time.” Since the club officially reopened, it has been running a packed schedule of entertainment events.