AUDIO/VISUAL / 22 June, 2018

Restaurant Transformation through Audio Visual Systems

Restaurants are created to provide an enjoyable atmosphere to guests during each visit. However, even after the restaurant owner has taken care of lighting in the restaurant and invested a large amount of money to provide impeccable decor, the restaurant is often not in a position to engage guests.

Now, with a restaurant audio visual system, restaurants can easily present an entertaining and appealing atmosphere that can delight restaurant guests and attract them to visit the restaurant again and again.

Below, we discuss how an audio visual system can lighten the mood of guests in the restaurant, and why it’s worth investing:

Videos are there to set the scene

Customers visit restaurants to enjoy good food with their friends and relatives, and if the restaurant adds another component of visuals, guests have yet another way to enjoy and experience a better time during their visit to the restaurant.

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Setting up large screen TVs in restaurants where guests sit, whether it is in the bars or strategically placed so that each guest can view, makes the establishment a warm and charming one. Many times, restaurants arrange special screenings of important events, such as the Independence Day parade or popular big games to attract customers to the restaurant. Investing in TVs, tablets and other smart devices not only enhances the restaurants image in the minds of guests, but it also makes them eager to come back when a big event is happening.

Pleasant tunes enhance the dining experience

If your restaurant guests don’t like the loud sounds of the restaurant’s TVs, you can mute the sound and play lovely music for everyone in the restaurant to listen to and enjoy.

Moreover, you can coordinate the day and time to the music you play, and change the tunes according to occasions and celebrations that are planned in the restaurant. Volume of music can be turned down or raised as per the talkative nature of your guests at any given moment.

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Install an easy to manage system

The system installed in the restaurant should be operated from one source. You should be able to choose what, when and where to play the music.

No music should be playing in empty bars and private dining rooms when no one is there to enjoy it. The control panel has the ability to play different playlist in bathrooms and open spaces in addition to what is being played in the main dining hall or bar.

A good audio visual system can change the perception of restaurant guests, who will know they are being looked after by being offered the comforts of the restaurant experience. This encourages them to come back again and again for a wonderful dining experience.

As Little Gecko Technology consultants, we install in-ceiling and external speakers, integrated television wiring, projectors, projection screens and televisions to create the audio and visual experience necessary for a given space.

If you are planning to open a restaurant in Boston and need any guidance in restaurant audio visual aids, we invite you to contact us. We also assist restaurants by supplying and installing Micro POS systems, Internet Failover Solutions, and Wi-Fi routers. We also provide Micro POS training in Boston Call @ 617-749-7139.


Why and How Can Restaurant Acoustics be Managed?

One hot topic among restaurant-going customers is the level of noise in the restaurant. The main complaint of restaurant customers is high decibel level sound. Restaurateurs present their establishment as a quiet place or a hot spot to attract more clientele. Often the critics rate acoustics as one of the important aspects in their reviews of restaurants.

Often, restaurant customers who complain about the poor service cite noise as one of the main reasons for their complaint. In one “Consumer Reports” surveys of more than 47,000 readers reflecting about 110,000 restaurants experiences at about 100 different chain restaurants, one out of 4 complained of high noise levels at least once during their visit to a restaurant in the recent future.

On the other hand, many customers consider restaurants very quiet places and experience boredom there. Customers complain that they feel uncomfortable while talking with fellow diners, because they fear that persons sitting nearby can hear and understand every word they speak. This also causes them to drive away from the restaurant dissatisfied, just as a noisy restaurant drives people away.

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Research has shown that the ear is most sensitive to speech at a level 48 dBA and 72 dBA. Exposure of more than 2 hours to 100 dBA and 8 hours at 90dBA can lead to permanent damage to hearing.

There are multiple causes of excessive noise levels in restaurants. Among them is modernist decor, featuring hard surfaces which helps the sound to reverberate, presence of sound generators in the vicinity of restaurant, open kitchen, live music and crowded spaces with diners packed beyond the limits in tables very close to each other. Moreover, restaurant owners seek out a noisy environment in their restaurants, believing that it signals that the place is very popular among guests and one way to make more money.

Noise caused by people trying to talk loud enough to be heard by the other fellow diners is understood. In fact, people talking in a restaurant is considered as the loudest source of noise in the restaurant. In restaurants, people tend to talk with each other in loud voices so that others with them can hear and understand what they have said (also known as the Lombard Effect).

As the noise is one of the main concerns of restaurant contractors in Boston and owners have realized that they have a chance of losing potential customers due to noise problems in their restaurants. This is the reason why restaurant owners are calling acousticians when they think of opening a restaurant or renovating their restaurant. It is better if the problem of sound is solved while the restaurant is being constructed rather than taking steps which are not only problematic and costly. Specialists are now pleading for “design with ears in mind.”

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Now the acoustic products manufacturers are keen to meet the demands of restaurants for style and sound control with stylized products that use advanced and new technologies and materials to integrate smoothly with the latest design trends that are required for lots of bare and hard surfaces present in the restaurant. It’s no surprise that acoustics are gradually becoming a major feature in building design in general. Manufacturers have addressed the problem of acoustics by offering more sustainable acoustic materials, produced in more sustainable ways to be used during the construction of restaurants.

Acoustics in restaurant depend on a variety of factors, including the shape, size, height of room, material used and how the things are placed in the room, as different materials absorb and reflect sound in different ways. Acoustics begin with systematic assessments of all the elements and then reach the desired dBA. Acoustic consultants should also take into account the fact that the noise level waxes and wanes throughout the day and even during the dining period.

The strategies of managing acoustics in restaurant are very tricky. If done properly, it will improve speech intelligibility and clarity, and allow patrons to complain less about noise in the restaurant.

Last but not least, the sound system in the restaurant plays an important role in restaurant noise creation. Manufacturers and acoustical consultants are now well-prepared to provide technical and installation guidance.

Little Gecko Technology consultants are one of the leading installers of acoustical systems in restaurants in Boston. If you are planning to open a restaurant in Boston and need any guidance in restaurant acoustical systems, contact us. We design and install audio equipment with the size and shape of the space in mind to ensure the best quality sound output and listening results. We also assist restaurants in installation and supply of Micro POS Systems, Internet Failover Solutions, Wi-fi Routers and Micro POS Training in Boston.