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Small Restaurant/Lounge

Intimate Seating with Lower Ceiling

This is typically a small restaurant, lounge or club with a smaller performance space usually in a corner or off to the side.
While the musicians may be isolated in a corner (to maximize table space), patrons are able to enjoy their meal and have a balanced musical experience without the “hot spots” common to many portable systems brought in just for the performance.
In this example, a monaural pair of medium-format horizontally mounted I SERIES IP6-1122s addresses the space fairly evenly. The larger waveguide in these models helps ensure that further seating areas are reached as well as closer seats. A central subwoofer is on the floor for bass support. If extended coverage is needed, IC600 compact models are good choices.
For a distributed foreground or background music listening experience, the compact IC600 or V SERIES models offer professional fidelity and system longevity for maximum return on investment to the establishment. Don't forget the subwoofers! They are an integral part of the audio system, delivering the low frequency component of the full musical spectrum expected by today’s listeners.

Left/Right Coverage:
Two (2) IP6/8-1122 horizontally mounted from the ceiling at the front of the performance area.
Two (2) IP8-0002 mounted from the ceiling at the front of the performance area.

The images show a single subwoofer centrally placed on the floor in front of the performance space. If floor space is not available a single driver IS6/8-112 or IS6/8-115 subwoofer can be mounted behind the IP8-0002 using BalancePoint™ Fly Rails.

Suggested Model Families:
I SERIES (IP600/800, IS600/800) and V SERIES (V2-6, V2-26, V2-8, V2-28, V2-32, V2-35, V2-212S or VLF208LV)


For maximum system performance and longevity, the loudspeakers must be properly powered to achieve the needed sound pressure level (SPL) in the listening area.  Refer to the product spec sheets for appropriate amplifier ratings.


To properly process, equalize and protect the loudspeaker systems, it is recommended to use the Community dSPEC226 digital signal processor.

Some amplifiers have built-in processing which may be adequate when properly programmed. Community's suggested DSP settings can be found HERE.

All of the loudspeakers require an electronic high pass filter for protection against over-excursion from bass-heavy program material.

Loudspeaker protection on the dSPEC226:
Protection is handled by three stages of protective limiters: these include a short-term peak limiter to prevent over-excursion of drivers and to control amplifier clipping; a mid-term RMS limiter that prevents system overdrive; and a unique long-term power monitor that works to protect your loudspeakers from long-term thermal damage.  All three limiters operate interactively, providing unique driver protection, while allowing each loudspeaker’s full dynamic range to be utilized without compromise.



When considering the distance between the amplifier and the loudspeaker(s), the following minimum cable gauges are suggested.

Less than 50 feet: 14 AWG
50 to 100 feet: 12 AWG
100 to 250 feet: 10 AWG

It is strongly recommended that all loudspeaker level wire be stranded, twisted and never shielded. Loudspeaker wires should not be connected to earth ground or supporting structures.



For technical and applications assistance, please contact the Community TAG Team (Technical Applications Group) at 1+(610) 876-3400 or



To view the entire Presentation & Performance Loudspeaker System Design Reference Guide, click HERE.