Paris or Iceland? Of course the Café Paris

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You can find the charming Café Paris at the Kringlan shopping mall, a modern shopping and recreational centre situated close to Reykjavik City Theatre just South of the City's central district. Like its sister venue downtown, Café Paris, Kringlan has a strong focus on providing a quality music environment for its clientele as well as outstanding coffee and hot chocolate. "Owner Grétar Ingi Berndsen knows a lot about good audio," said Gudmundur Finnsson of Pfaff, Iceland who installed the audio at both locations.

Berndsen is now carefully building the Café Paris brand of music bars. "The downtown site has been open for two years and is well used," said Gudmundur, "This new bar at Kringlan uses the exact same system based on Ci80 loudspeakers with a Ci7 subwoofer. The Café has its own computer based music playback system, and visiting DJs obviously bring their input devices with them. That's one of the reasons Berndsen was attracted to d&b, the level of protection that is afforded by the inbuilt circuits of the d&b amplifiers, in this case D12 and E-PAC. It's also not unknown for live acts to appear here, though space is limited; capacity is one hundred and sixteen, so this tends to be one person with a guitar type of acts; but that's another attraction, whatever the input source this system always sounds really musical."

The latest Café Paris is already proving popular with shoppers and music fans alike, many have commented on the 'good sounds'. "During the day it's very quiet," reported Gudmundur, "but in the evening and at weekends you can hear club level sound up around 100 dB. The acoustic is pretty good for such a venue; the ceiling is an absorbent material and I'm able to set the system EQ completely flat. For a small close environment there is no problem with confused reflections so it is comfortable, quality listening." It's not hard to imagine a growing demand for similar venues around Reykjavik. Paris is already proving popular with shoppers and music fans alike, many have commented on the 'good sounds'.

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