System setup for a tea cafe.

default -- Wed, 01/21/2009 - 14:15

I had a question about the proper system I'd need for a small tea shop. It's just for ambiance. I planning on having up to 7 30-70ish watt inceiling speakers throught the the cafe and wanted to know if you guys had any suggestions on what I could use to power these. I've been looking at tuners online, but they are all setup for Home Theater er whatever. I didn't know if this was the only option er if there was something different that I'm not aware of.
Thanks for your thought,

Steven Stone -- Wed, 01/21/2009 - 14:38

 You should be aware that playing recorded music in a public space leaves you open for fees to ASCAP and BMI for public usage.
You might try an 7.1 channel AV receiver that has a mode for multiple mono feeds. This would allow you to send each speaker one channel yet they would all get the same mono signal that way. I know the Lexicon receiver has such a mode and I suspect many other receivers also have this option.

Steven Stone
Contributor to The Absolute Sound,, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and other fine publications

Anonymous (not verified) -- Wed, 01/21/2009 - 14:48

Seriously? What the heck... hmmmm, what kind of fees are we talking about? another license to get.. eh..

Robert Harley -- Wed, 01/21/2009 - 16:21

I like Steven's idea of an AV receiver with the ability to send a mono signal to all seven channels. Note that you cannot connect multiple speakers to a stereo amplifier without taking into account the total impedance the amplifier will see. If you use a stereo amplifier, you'll need a device with L-pads to control the levels and maintain a constant impedance as seen by the amplifier.
Steven's also correct about ASCAP/BMI "public performance" fees.

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