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CLIENTS OPT FOR HIGH-END AV EQUIPMENT AND LCD PROJECTOR AT RAM RESTAURANTS, CHICAGO
 
Bar at Ram Restaurant showing 8-screen video system and Sanyo PLC-XP46 projector.
Bar at Ram Restaurant showing 8-screen video system and Sanyo PLC-XP46 projector. Click for more photos of the bar.

Technician Brett Wilde touches up the programming for the restaurant's control system, located behind the bar.
Technician Brett Wilde touches up the programming for the restaurant's control system, located behind the bar. Click for more photos of the racks.

by Daniel Frankel, Pro AV Magazine
While it's true that Chicago-area sports fans haven't had much to cheer about since Michael Jordan was a thirtysomething, that doesn't mean they don't take their sports seriously in the Windy City. This fact is not lost on the people at Ram International, who operate the city's Ram Restaurant & Brewery chain, which has a reputation as being a good place to catch a game.

Just opened in April, the chain's new Rosemont, IL, restaurant near O'Hare Airport is loaded with $98,000 worth of AV equipment courtesy of installer Sound Vision of Elgin, IL. Having already integrated the chain's two other Chicago-area eateries, Sound Vision's latest work is its most sophisticated yet for the restaurateur.

The highlight of the multiroom install is the bar area, which features a 4,100-ANSI lumen Sanyo PLC-XP46 ceiling-mounted LCD projector hung 16 feet away from a 6x8-foot Stewart Grayhawk screen. This was an upgrade for Ram, which had previously just used clusters of 32-inch monitors in the bar areas of its outlets. In this particular case, four 32-inch monitors are mounted adjacent to the screen.

"Image quality is very important to this customer," says Tom Allison, systems sales consultant for Sound Vision, explaining his client's decision to spend more on its new Rosemont eatery than it had for pervious AV installs. "They have good food and very good beer, and they want their entertainment experience to be of good quality."

Video from 10 DirecTV satellite feeds, as well as from rackmounted JVC DVD and VHS players, can be displayed on the screen simultaneously thanks to an RGB Spectrum QuadView processor. This device allows multimedia projectors like the Sanyo to tile up to four different 4x2-foot images onscreen.

Like the monitors, which were leftover from another Ram location that closed, the chain also had an ample supply of Electro-Voice S-40T loudspeakers. Using this equipment helped offset the costs of the bar's LCD projector, Allison says.

While the bar area provides the best of the establishment's video and audio experience, display monitors and ceiling-mounted Electro-Voice speaker configurations dot almost every room in the place. All of the systems are AMX NetLinx controlled. A wall-mounted touch-panel in the bar area and a remote are available to handle audio levels throughout the house.

Reprinted from Pro AV Magazine. Copyright Ascend Media, Inc. Used by permission.
CHICAGO PUB INSTALLS RGB'S 4VIEW™ DISPLAY PROCESSOR

Sound Vision used an RGB Spectrum processor to feed four satellite TV images into a Sanyo multimedia projector (shown below).
Sound Vision used an RGB Spectrum processor to feed four satellite TV images into a Sanyo multimedia projector (shown below). Click for more photos of the bar.
Sound Vision used an RGB Spectrum processor to feed four satellite TV images into a Sanyo multimedia projector (shown below).

The restaurant area features 10 more monitors tied into the satellite system. These and the audio system are controlled from the touchpanel behind the bar and also a handheld controller that managers can carry into each room.
The restaurant area features 10 more monitors tied into the satellite system. These and the audio system are controlled from the touchpanel behind the bar and also a handheld controller that managers can carry into each room.
The restaurant area features 10 more monitors tied into the satellite system. These and the audio system are controlled from the touchpanel behind the bar and also a handheld controller that managers can carry into each room. Click for more video system photos.
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Discriminating Chicagoland sports fans know the spot to catch all the action, the popular Ram Restaurant and Brew House in Rosemont, Ill. To provide its customers with maximum sports entertainment value, Ram decided to equip the bar with the latest audiovisual technology. Ram enlisted the AV technology expertise of integrator Sound Vision Inc. to design and install the new system. According to Thomas Allison, systems sales consultant for Sound Vision, "Ram Restaurant and Brew House management's objective was to offer sports enthusiasts a premier sports bar experience with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology that delivers captivating, superior quality images.

Allison continued, "The design goal was to display a number of sporting events and broadcast programming with higher image quality than what standard monitors offer. We selected RGB Spectrum's 4View™ multiple window display processor because it provided a better alternative than a traditional videowall concept. The 4View processor displays up to four video images simultaneously on a single screen. It offers exceptional image quality, higher contrast ratio, improved reliability and less maintenance."

The 4View processor supports up to eight video inputs which can be bank-switched for display in groups of four. The 4View processor receives S-video signals from a total of 13 sources fed through an AutoPatch matrix switcher. These sources include 10 DirecTV ® digital satellite receivers, one S-VHS VCR and two multidisc DVD players. Visuals consist of an extensive variety of national and local sporting events, ESPN and ESPN2, CNN, news and local programming.

The 4View processor outputs these combined images to a Sanyo PLC-XP46 ceiling-mounted LCD projector in 1280x1024-pixel resolution for display on the 6' H x 8' W screen. The 4View offers quad-mode display and full-screen display of any desired input. Pub staff generally set the 4View to display four simultaneous sporting events. Championship and other key sporting events are displayed full screen. Pub staff select the desired input sources and display configuration using an AMX touchpanel controller. Allison remarked, "The 4View processor's image quality is fantastic. It really looks good. The Ram pub management is very happy with the 4View's performance and capability."

The 4View™ processor displays four video inputs at full resolution at up to 1280x1024p or 1600x1200i pixels for dramatically better visual quality than traditional video quads, which display each video signal at only 25 percent of true resolution. Various models offer NTSC/PAL composite, component, S-video, and SDI (CCIR 601) digital video inputs. In addition to high-resolution RGB output, a full time auxiliary NTSC video output is available to connect to a codec for video teleconferencing and distance learning applications. For 16:9 screens, the 4View 100 offers a widescreen mode with one large video window plus three stacked windows on the side.

About the Ram Restaurant and Brew House

The Ram Restaurant and Brew House, located in Rosemont, is part of the Ram International restaurant company, which owns and operates a number of restaurant chains in the United States, including Shenanigans, Murphys and C.B. & Potts. The Ram Restaurant and Brew House can be reached at 847.692.4426 and on the Internet at www.theram.com.

About Sound Vision Inc.

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Sound Vision is a systems integrator specializing in custom design, design build, product sales, equipment maintenance and service.

Reprinted from ICIA News. Source: RGB Spectrum, Alameda, California.
 


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