One of San Francisco’s best live music venues just got better. Fresh off their 10th anniversary celebration earlier this year, The Independent recently announced the installation of a brand new d&b audiotechnik sound system, which the venue believes will make a big difference for concertgoers’ experience down on Divisadero.
The sound system upgrade falls in line with the venue’s recent efforts to upgrade the entire facility. “Our goal is to constantly make The Independent better,” says co-owner Allen Scott. “Whether it’s installing the LED lighting system like we did last year, the overall remodel of the entire club in 2011 and now the wholly enhanced sound system, we strive to be the best club not only in San Francisco but in the entire country.”
The Independent’s Head Sound Engineer Terry Yerves lauds the system’s clarity and coverage area, saying “It sounds pretty much the same no matter where you are in the room; clean and clear. It’s really nice knowing we can offer bands and patrons one of the best sounding rooms out there.”
For you audiophiles out there, here’s what the venue has to say about their new sound system’s technical specifications:
Installed by Glenn Hatch and Audio West, the d&b audiotechnik V Series line array with V Subs and D80 Amplification is making a huge difference to the live experience at The Independent. V12 is a 3-way passive design housing 2 x 10” LF drivers, one hornloaded 8” MF driver and two 1.4” exit HF compressions drivers with 2.5” voicecoils mounted to a dedicated waveshaping device. The symmetrical dipolar arrangement of the neodymium LF drivers around the centrally mounted coaxial MF and HF components allow a smooth overlap of the adjacent frequency bands in the crossover design. This results in an exceptional 120 degrees horizontal constant directivity dispersion control normally being maintained down to 250 Hz.
Got all that? Great. Be sure to check out the new sound system at one of The Independent’s many upcoming shows (like Kimbra’s gig next Monday, which we told you about earlier today).