VUE IN THE HOUSE – Soho House West Hollywood Outfitted with h & i-Class Systems

Sensorium AVR and VUE Deliver Next-Level Sonic Environment for
Soho House West Hollywood

When Bryan Bilgore, president of Sensorium AVR, began system design for the Luckman, a club within the ultra-exclusive Soho House West Hollywood, he¬¬ knew it would be played and heard by the brightest and most discerning arts and entertainment talent anywhere. Used as a lounge and a function space for the House’s creative-elite members, the open-late Luckman was dedicated in late January, 2017.

“Knowing top-flight talent would use, and listen to, the Luckman system on a daily basis, we set out to deliver next-level sonic performance that would be reflective of the no-compromises approach apparent throughout the venue,” explained Bilgore. “Furthermore, we needed to acheive this from a rather small footprint, and against an aggressive remodeling schedule.”

Bilgore also wanted a system that would function in a range of applications. First as a PA system with monitors for live performance, as well as a dance music system for world-class guest DJs, and finally a foreground system for high-level distributed music.

Beginning with the main PA, Bilgore specified a combination of VUE Audiotechnik’s h-Class High-Definition powered systems, including the beryllium-equipped h-12 loudspeakers, and hs-28 dual 18-in subwoofers with patented Active Compliance Management (ACMTM) technology.

“The combination of beryllium compression drivers and ACM-equipped subwoofers allow the VUE systems to deliver a level of detail and clarity that you simply cannot find in other comparably sized systems,” explained Bilgore.

In addition to the h-12 and hs-28 subwoofers, VUE’s h-8 compact speakers — also with beryllium technology on-board — serve multiple roles, including: DJ monitors, side-fills, and as a compact portable solution for easy placement around the venue. Rounding out the main stage are VUE a-12 two-way systems serving monitor duty.

The final components in this all-VUE installation is a distributed foreground solution made up of VUE’s i-8a 2-way powered surface-mount loudspeakers and is-26a subwoofers.

Due to constant programming, installation was planned only a few weeks prior to opening night, which would feature a surprise performance by James Corden and Chris Martin. When the crew arrived for soundcheck, there was no electricity to drive the audio as the contractor was still on site completing work. An hour before the opening set, alternate power was pulled from an independent transformer using a 60-amp extension cord. After being powered up for the first time the final configuration of the VUE system was completed with 30 minutes to spare.

“While certainly not how we planned it, but thanks in large part to the VUE team, lead by Jeff Taylor, and the system’s overall ease of setup, we were able to pull of the impossible, lauded Bilgore. “VUE’s dedication to delivering a superior sonic and customer experience made for a very happy client, and some very entertained members. We couldn’t be happier.”


Equipment list as installed at the Luckman Soho House West Hollywood by  Sensorium AVR

2 x VUE h-12 High Definition powered loudspeaker
2 x VUE h-8 High Definition powered loudspeaker
6 x VUE i-8a Superior Integrator system
1 x VUE is-26a Superior Integrator subwoofer
2 x VUE hs-28 High Definition powered subwoofer
4 x VUE hm-112 High Definition Stage monitors
1 x Ashley NXE-4004 4 channel Amp for monitors
1 x Symetrix Edge 12 x 12 Dante equipped DSP
1 x Draper Aerolift Motorized Lift for Projector
1 x Panasonic Projector – Model?
1 x Screen Innovations Slate Motorized Projection Screen – 110” 16:9 ratio
1 x Allen & Heath QU24 Console
2 x Allen & Heath AB168 portable AudioRack, providing 16 XLR inputs and 8 XLR outputs
2 x Atlona HD-BaseT senders from the stage, 1 from the mixing desk, all back to a video matrix in the rack.
1 x Custom panel in the stage wall with 4in x 4out to the mixing board