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 Co-located with The Strip’s first Lamborghini dealership, the Dal Toro Restaurant offers a unique combination of exotic Italian cuisine and probably the world’s most coveted Italian car brand.

LAS VEGAS, NV—The new Dal Toro Restaurant at The Palazzo Tower of the Venetian Resort and Casino Las Vegas boasts an interesting adjunct to an outstanding dining experience. Co-located with The Strip’s first Lamborghini dealership, the location offers a unique combination of exotic Italian cuisine and probably the world’s most coveted Italian car brand. To support this Las Vegas attraction is a flexible AV system designed and installed by Paradise Production Services. Powered by Lab.gruppen and controlled by Crestron, the AV system includes loudspeakers from Martin Audio, Bose, and JBL Professional.

“The system sounds and looks outstanding—truly eccezionale,” said Dal Toro Restaurant’s enthusiastic co-owner Lorenzo Barracco. “We need flexibility to cover the inside lounge and outside terraces. With a number of after-hour events in the nightclub and ultra-lounge, we needed a system that is flexible, high powered, and above all, fully reliable.”

The new systems were commissioned by Paradise president Carlos Henao, working closely with Barracco and dealership staff. “Lorenzo was looking for top-of-the-line brands, but pretty much left it up to us to design the AV system,” Henao said.

Video displays installed throughout the restaurant, bar, and car dealership include 13 Toshiba 37HL67 37-inch, five 42HL167 42-inch, and a single 52HL167 52-inch screen, plus a Sanyo 3K projector. “A dozen of the 37-inch screens are installed above individual stalls for the vehicles being displayed in a lower showroom area,” Henao explained.

Henao specified JBL Contractor Series cabinets for the restaurant terrace and Bose Panaray column arrays throughout the car dealership, restaurant, and bar areas. Additionally, a range of Martin Audio C8.1T coaxial and JBL Control 312CS subwoofer in-ceiling speakers are used throughout. Lab.gruppen C-Series four-channel amplifiers power the JBL and Bose speakers, while the Martin ceiling units are driven by four Crest Series 2208s.

“The C Series simply works,” Henao reported enthusiastically. “In 12U of rack space there are six four-channel units rated at 1.2 KW into four ohms—we just set and forget them. We are very happy with the Lab.gruppen brand, since it packs a total of 30,000 quality watts into a remarkably small amount of space.” Each C Series channel features an individually configurable Voltage Peak Limiter (VPL), which allows the output to be optimized for any loudspeaker load—whether a single large subwoofer or a series of small 100/70 V loudspeakers. “Since we’re based in Miami and the installation is in Las Vegas, we needed an amplifier that is extremely reliable. The C-Series is that and more; to date we have had no complaints.”

Henao continued, “We installed 52 Martin C8.1T two-way ceiling speakers and 14 JBL subwoofers. Our supplier, Mike Harris of Harris Audio Systems, recommended these systems, which offer outstanding performance specs with multi-tap capabilities, and eight-ohm operation if we need it. We arrayed eight [Bose] Panaray 502A mid/high-frequency units with four 502B subwoofers in the upper areas, and an identical complement downstairs. Outside, we installed 26 [JBL Professional] Control 25 two-way cabinets, and eight Control SB1 subwoofers.”

For overall system equalization, delay compensation, and level adjustment, Henao specified a pair of BSS Audio Soundweb 9088s, two Bose Panaray controllers, and three BSS 9010 Jellyfish wall units. Playback sources for the 16-zone Creston Pro2 dual-bus system—10 throughout the restaurant and six for the dealership, including the sales floor and merchandizing areas—comprise three cable boxes, DVD, CD, and MP3 players, and an Alcorn McBride DVM-HD.

“The new AV systems sound and look terrific,” concludes Patrick Searcy, general manager of Lamborghini Las Vegas. “We specified that each car display area have an individual large-screen display to show, in split-screen mode, video presentations and specifications for each model. The screens worked out well, and the music playback system is outstanding—clear and precise in all areas. We are very happy with the installation.”

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