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Citiview Audio Visual Taps Boulevard Pro to Install NEXO GEO S System and Yamaha Amps in New York’s Famed Rainbow Room

January, 2008

Fulfill Demanding Standards for Renowned Room and Its Sound Requirements.

NEW YORK CITY — In 1934, John D. Rockefeller Sr. developed the New York City business center that bears his name and opened its crowning jewel, the world renowned Rainbow Room. With magnificent views of the Manhattan skyline, the Rainbow Room was conceived as a formal supper club and intimate establishment where the city's influential elites could gather and dance to the strains of legendary musicians.

The Rainbow Room, high atop Rockefeller Center is now run by the Cipriani family, owners of the legendary Harry's Bar, and still serves that function. Multiple rooms seat parties consisting of 20 to 400 people. The signature Rainbow Room, which seats 400, can accommodate concerts by named acts, corporate events and live TV shows.

Citiview AV, a New York-based full service location production company has overseen the needs of Cipriani's and the Rainbow Room for about nine years and has had a long-standing relationship with audio installer Boulevard Pro of New Jersey.

"The previous line array system in the Rainbow Room was installed about eight years ago, and with the new technology currently available, I reapproached Boulevard to recommend a new system," said Citiview owner Steven Lichtensteiger.

His requirements were that the system be smaller, well known and familiar to visiting engineers. "There were restrictions on how the system could look and where it could be flown," said Lichtensteiger.

"Citiview AV requirements were that the system had to be powerful, light weight and small," said James Cioffi. "Site lines were super important issues, and the speakers had to be heard and not seen. Given these goals and guidelines, our first and only choice was the NEXO GEO S line array."

Boulevard arranged for Lichtensteiger to hear a NEXO system in lower Manhattan and he liked what he heard and saw. The recommendation for the famous Art Deco room was a NEXO GEO S 8 System. The design/install team from Boulevard Pro consisted of James Cioffi, Boulevard Pro partner, Mike Marri, partner, John Orth, project manager, and John Benetti and Jamie Moran.

The system includes NEXO NX242 system controllers, six NEXO GEOS805, two GEO S 830s, two NEXO CD 12 subs, four Yamaha T3n power amps, one Roland S-4000 digital snake and a 40-space Raxxess installation rack. The system is configured with three GEO S 805 elements and one GEO S 830 per side with polar focus and NEXO bumper bars on the room's existing lighting truss. Boulevard installed NEXO CD12 subs in the existing scrim area above the stage, one per side. All NEXO system controllers and the Yamaha T3n amps are located in a remote amp room.

"The Yamaha amps were a product we had never used before and they are working really well," said Cioffi. "They are built like tanks and sound wonderful; this is truly a perfect audio fit."

Factory support from both Yamaha Commercial Audio and NEXO, he said, "has been first class."

So far, the system has conformed to the demands placed on it. "The sound quality and performance of the system work very well," said Lichtensteiger. "It is rental friendly and easy to use. There have been many acts through the room and everyone seems pleased."
For more information on Citiview AV contact (212) 632-5196.
For more information on Boulevard Pro, in N.J. contact (201) 262-7740, N.Y. (212) 696-4141 or visit www.blvdpro.com.

For more information on the NEXO GEO S8 or Yamaha T3n amps, write Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. 6600 Orangethorpe Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90620; telephone 714-522-9011, or e-mail casales@yamaha.com.

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