NEW YORK, NY-Bodies aren't all that get put to the test at Equinox Fitness Clubs. The AV equipment that makes group fitness classes kick gets a workout of its own in Equinox' demanding environments. As Equinox continues to expand nationwide, its longtime AV contractor, Essential Communications, has found its mixers and amplifiers from Australian Monitor.
"Australian Monitor makes products that are clearly made with the needs of the contracting business in mind," said David Schwartz, president of Essential Communications. "We specialize in designing and installing systems for the fitness, restaurant and hospitality industries. We don't often see products specifically designed to address the issues we face in those situations. Australian Monitor has been the exception. Its features and durability make them contractor-friendly systems."
With the AV design and installs for 28 Equinox Fitness Clubs already completed, and more on the way, Essential Communications has increasingly turned to Australian Monitor to meet its client's standards for creating world-class facilities. "Equinox is a more upscale fitness club, and they want their rooms to sound excellent," Schwartz explained. "At the same time, they want their gear to be functional and affordable. We've found that the one-rack space Australian Monitor TX6000 mixer works well in this environment. It's durable, with a front-panel layout that's easy to use in standalone floor-mounted racks within Equinox's spacious studios, which host group fitness classes like cardio, yoga, and studio cycling."
Essential Communications NYC has installed Australian Monitor's TX6000 mixer in 28 of Manhattan's Equinox Fitness Clubs with more installations in the works. The mixer, with easy-to-access front panel, is used in standalone racks.
"The health club environment is well-known in contracting as being one of the most difficult, abusive environments for gear. People are constantly touching the equipment with sweaty hands, there's a lot of humidity in the air, and the systems are often running from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Because the instructors using them work in many different clubs and see many systems, ease of use becomes as critical as dependability. We find that the TX6000 mixers keep going strong even under these tough conditions, and instructors can walk in, take one look at the controls, and go to work."
The TX6000 is a high-specification, 6-channel mic/line mixer suitable for desk or rackmounting, including XLR and RCA inputs on each channel. Front-panel controls include a master output level control, plus overall bass and treble, as well as individual channel level control for all six inputs and remote-controllable master volume.