At 42,000 square feet, TAO Las Vegas continues the trend of large restaurant and entertainment venues situated within the city's glitzy hotels. Tao Las Vegas co-owner Rich Wolf called on veteran designer and fellow club owner John Lyons, president of design/build company John Lyons Systems and owner of the Avalon clubs in Boston and New York, as well as the Avalon and Spider Club in Los Angeles, to design and install the EAW sound system.
“The sound design covers every square inch of TAO, including hallways and bathrooms,” adds Lyons. “In a space like TAO, the coverage of the sound system is important, but so is the quality. [Wolf] wanted to be able to clear out all the tables in the restaurant and have a big party if the mood struck. To do so, all installed loudspeakers needed to keep up with the nightclub dance music.” To provide coverage for TAO’s diverse areas, Lyons chose more than 20 EAW loudspeaker models, for a grand total of 154 loudspeakers. Models ranged from the Avalon Series (which Lyons co-developed with EAW) to the MK Series and the CommercialVR Series.
For the nightclub, Lyons installed four EAW Avalon DC2 full-range loudspeakers, two EAW Avalon DC5 12-inch two-way loudspeakers and six EAW Avalon DCS2 subwoofers as the main dancefloor system. Seven EAW UB82e loudspeakers and one EAW SB250 subwoofer provide additional coverage off the dancefloor. In the nightclub’s VIP area, special guests are covered by six EAW MK2396 12-inch two-way loudspeakers and one EAW VRS18 subwoofer.