Ashly NX-Series Amps Power Up the New Gray Mare (Who Ain't What She Used to Be!)


NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 2016: The Gray Mare is a new pub in the trendy East Village neighborhood of Manhattan that caters to the vibe and tastes – both gustatory and spirituous – of that neighborhood’s young clientele. “It was formerly Demsey’s, a neighborhood tavern that, after 24 years, had run its course,” explained Rich Trombitas, regional sales & product manager with A/V manufacturer’s rep firm Cardone, Solomon & Associates (CS&A). “It’s the same owner, and he did a great job of ripping out the old and building in the new. It’s in a young part of the city, and it now hits all of the high points for that group.” Trombitas drew on his own expertise and CS&A’s representation of Ashly Audio and other manufacturers to assist NYC’s local integration firm, Starview Satellite, with the Gray Mare’s killer sound system.

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“Starview Satellite’s John Paturno and Hector Martinez needed a system that was cost-effective, green (in terms of energy-usage and heat profile), and very conservative of space… this being Manhattan, where every square foot counts,” Trombitas said. “A pair of Ashly nX 4004 four-channel amplifiers was a big part of the solution. They run cool and efficiently, and we could pack eight channels of 400W amplification into just four rack spaces. Moreover, Ashly’s nX-series amplifiers can handle different impedance on different channels, which was essential at the Gray Mare, where we have a mix of low-Z subwoofers and 70V loudspeakers.”

The new pub is divided into two zones: the front bar area and the back dining area. In both zones, Innovox Micro-Sub 2x6 low-Z subwoofers provide low-end support in a compact package. The front zone reuses old loudspeakers from Demsey’s to deliver stereo full-range content, and the back zone uses new SoundTube downward-firing 70V ceiling loudspeakers and surface-mount loudspeakers. The bathrooms contain additional SoundTube 70V loudspeakers, and, in all, seven amplifier channels cover the pub. One remains as a spare. A Symetrix Solus NX 8x8 provides front end processing.

Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 42 year-old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.