VUE Hangs With the In Crowd at Iconic University Hotspot

i-Class delivers from top to bottom for MZW Productions
at Bellingham Bar and Grill 

April 10th, 2018 – Escondido, Ca.

Visit any college town in the USA and you’ll encounter a timeless student tradition. The iconic college bar and eatery is more than just a place to unwind with a few drinks or a game a pool after class, it’s a place where lifelong memories and friendships are born. For students at Western Washington University, located about 90 miles north of Seattle, Bellingham Bar and Grill is a treasured favorite. This go-to hotspot offers craft beer, creative cocktails, tasty food, pool tables and a festive atmosphere, as well as a brand new VUE loudspeaker system from MZW Productions.

“I’ve been working with this venue for more than 30 years and I’ve overseen three audio updates in that time,” explains MZW President Michael “Woody” Woods. “It’s essentially two older storefronts with the dividing wall removed. One side is a restaurant and bar, while the other side offers seven pool tables, shuffleboard, and two massive flat screens.”

With relatively low ceilings, the long and narrow adjacent rooms offer abundant reflective surfaces that could be easily intimidating to an uninitiated system designer. But Woody takes it all in stride, drawing on three decades of experience in creating the perfect “vibe” for Bellingham Bar and Grill patrons.

“For this update, the owner wanted lots of output and plenty of bass,” explains Woody. “The music selection varies, depending on the time of day, but leans heavily toward EDM during peak student hours. Output was a critical—especially in the low frequencies—but ceiling height was also a concern. We had to hit our SPL goals while keeping hang height to an absolute minimum.”
To get the job done, Woody selected a combination of sixteen VUE i-8 two-way systems, with a pair of VUE is-18 subwoofers for low-frequency impact. The subwoofers are located near the bar on the more “rowdy” side of the venue.
The i-8s are ceiling mounted using VUE’s standard out-of-the-box hardware. Four stereo pairs run the length of each room. QSC PSD series amps provide all power and processing, with each stereo pair delayed using the amplifier’s onboard DSP.
“I first heard VUE speakers at a demo a few years ago — I think it was the beryllium h-15 boxes,” explained Woody. “I recall being instantly taken back by their fidelity and range. Eventually, I got a pair of VUE i-8s and set them up in my studio next to my Quested VS2108’s reference monitors. I couldn’t believe how great they sounded. I remember thinking ‘wow, these things are so present and so smooth; and they’re an install speaker!’

Sold on their acoustic abilities, Woody immediately started looking for just the right opportunity to give the VUE speakers a shot in a real-world application. When long-time client and Bellingham Bar and Grill Owner, John Tismouris reached out for another audio refresh in a familiar space, Woody immediately thought of VUE.

“After reviewing their goals, I decided to specify VUE speakers across the board,” explains Woody. “My biggest fear was how to mount them. Needless to say, I was pleased to find out that VUE ships the i-8s with both U-bracket and half-round mounting hardware right in the box. The U-bracket turned out to the perfect fit –super low profile and easy to use. That simple inclusion really streamlined the whole installation process.”

For Woody and the rest of the MZW Team, VUE has officially earned a firm spot on their short list of go-to loudspeaker solutions.

“From what I’ve seen and heard so far, VUE has really nailed both performance and value with the i-Class system. I’ve installed a lot of speaker boxes from just about every manufacturer out there. VUE has managed to pack a lot of performance into a small and versatile package. I’m looking forward to using them again and exploring the rest of the line.”

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