London restaurant given Funktion-One treatment

Sound Services installs several of the manufacturer's compact speakers at the popular Beagle venue in Hoxton.
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Sound Services has installed an array of Funktion-One's compact speakers at Beagle, a popular restaurant in Hoxton, London.

Flanked by a spacious bar and coffee shop, Beagle specialises in British food, craft beers, wine and seasonal cocktails.

Beagle's sound system comprises Funktion-One F101 speakers, which are part of the company's smaller but "sonically astute" range of compact loudspeakers. It’s a range that was bolstered last year by the addition of the F1201 – now the largest model in the series.

According to the firm, the Funktion-One F101 delivers excellent bass definition and vocal intelligibility – attributes that aren’t usually present in compact loudspeakers. It also provides high imaging detail and clarity, all of which make it effective in challenging, reverberant spaces like Beagle. Each speaker has been finished in black at the request of the customer, with discreet visuals being one of the requirements.

The dual-zone configuration is controlled by a Formula Sound audio management system with remote volume and source selection in each zone for local control. This is all powered by Full Fat Audio amplification.

Beagle’s director, Kieran Clancy, explained: "Being club promoters as well as restaurateurs, sound quality is incredibly important to us, and we think that is something that is too often overlooked by restaurants and bars. For us it's just as important as the rest of the fit-out.

“Funktion-One was the only option in our minds – we’ve used F101s at several events and always been surprised by their output. We’re getting great feedback all the time for the incredible sound quality at Beagle."

Sound Services has set up Funktion-One systems at a variety of other venues recently, including Basing House, Queen of Hoxton, Birthdays in Dalston, Old Blue Last, Dukes and Dalston Superstore’s Dance Tunnel.

“With Funktion-One, we've got an incredible range of products that allow us to take on a huge variety of different projects. And no matter which speaker we specify, we know it’s going to have unrivalled sonic performance and a standout level of quality,” added Sound Services technical director Rich Cufley.

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