The French company Elipson, who have been specialized in developing hi-fi systems combining design and audio perfection since 1938, are also world-renowned for their sound systems for public spaces. The French manufacturer has a team of skilled audio engineers capable of creating unique installations adapted to a space’s acoustics and decor. Here is a retrospective of Elipson’s most beautiful sound systems for public spaces.
In the heart of Paris, hidden behind a gleaming Art Déco facade, the Blanche club is divided into two distinct spaces: the gym, where you can practice a plethora of sporting activities (yoga, fitness, swimming, weight training, cardio, boxing, cycling, etc.) and the restaurant, chaperoned by the chef Jean Imbert. On one side you’ll find an ultra-minimalist decor with perfectly smooth granite walls, and on the other, a warm atmosphere that transports guests back to 19th Century Paris. Two spaces, two atmospheres, but only one sound system, created by Elipson.
The incorporation of the Elipson speakers in the Blanche club was overseen with care and precision by Connecting Technology. With over 25 years experience, the company is a reference in home automation and home theater installations. Connecting Technology’s expertise ensured an elegant integration of the Elipson Planet M speakers and complete harmony with the decor. The speakers are discreetly mounted onto Elipson Planet M Wall Mounts and are each carefully chosen so that their color perfectly matches that of the room.
In another of the restaurant’s rooms, the Elipson Planet M speakers have been installed using the Elipson Planet Ceiling Mount. The speakers are fitted onto an elegant mirrored ceiling and hang beside golden chandeliers.
This setup is ideal for 360° sound restitution. It’s often used in bars, like the Tiger Paris for example, or in meeting areas, so that each visitor can enjoy flawless sound quality without the sound being blocked by the people in front of the speakers. Incidentally, the Elipson Bell speaker range is designed specifically for this purpose.
The Blanche club’s swimming pool features a genuine Elipson sound wall, designed specially for the location. The result is captivating, in terms of both sound and esthetic. The reflection of the four Elipson Planet M speakers on the water’s surface creates a futuristic atmosphere, completely different to the feel of the restaurant.
In Paris still, but this time right at the very heart of Station F, in the 4.500 m² that make up Europe’s largest restaurant. Here, the sound is provided by multiple Elipson Planet L speakers mounted onto the station’s old wagons. The cacophony generated by the restaurant’s 1000 seats means it is necessary to have multiple listening points. This way, each customer sitting at a table beside a wagon can enjoy an optimal listening experience. Elipson Planet Sub woofers are also hidden in the decor.
In Paris’ sixième arrondissement, the aforementioned Tiger Bar’s sound system is comprised of a combination of suspended Elipson Planet L and Elipson Planet M speakers. These speakers seamlessly blend into the decor by mimicking the bar’s lighting. The Elipson Planet L speakers are mounted onto Elipson Planet L Ceiling Mounts and directed precisely towards the seating areas.
The other areas of the Tiger Bar where the ceiling is lower are fitted with Elipson Planet M speakers mounted onto the walls using the Elipson Planet M Wall Mount. Like the restaurant at Station F, there are numerous listening points to ensure the best sound restitution possible, despite the ambient noise.
The Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, one of the oldest and most luxurious hotels in the world, also chose Elipson Planet L and Elipson Prestige Facet 24F speakers to bring sound to five of the palace’s magnificent suites, as well as the ambassador’s bar.
Near the Marais district, home to many art galleries, prêt-à-porter boutiques and trendy restaurants, lies the Hôtel Breguet, where Connecting Technology created a superb audio system comprised of in-wall and in ceiling speakers from the Elipson Architect Série In range.
Another ambitious project, the Nicolas Régnier exhibition at the Musée d’arts in Nantes, was the perfect opportunity to merge different sound experiences, sound effects and music with artwork. The goal was to amplify the room’s sound atmosphere and plunge the audience into the 17th Century. A unique artistic experience created by the artist Wilfried Nail with sound provided by Elipson.
For this installation, four Elipson Planet L speakers were hung from Elipson Planet L Ceiling Mounts and placed in the corners of the room to ensure impeccable sound spatialization. The speakers were paired with an Elipson Planet Sub subwoofer.
A true piece of acoustic art, the Elipson Sound Tree was born from the collective imagination of designers Maurizio Galante, Lancman Tal and Jean-Yves Le Porcher. The tree is a 3-way sound system with a trunk that is actually an improved Elipson Planet Sub subwoofer. It’s possible to add up to 12 spherical Elipson Planet M speakers that hang from the ceiling like fruit on vines. They each have a 4” coaxial driver tasked with restituting mid and high frequencies, and a ¾” (20 mm) tweeter at their center.
In Paris’ Marché Saint-Germain, the world-renowned butcher Hugo Desnoyer’s restaurant Étable is also equipped with a superb installation put together by Connecting Technology. Here, the Elipson Planet M speakers are directly incorporated into the chandeliers. These one-of-a-kind fixtures allow the installation to have numerous diffusion sources, while elegantly integrating the speakers into the decor. Extraordinary!
Many sound systems for public spaces are also carried out outside of France, notably in Los Angeles’ APC Store, where the Elipson Planet M speakers are elegantly wall-mounted using Elipson Planet M Wall Mounts.
Elipson also excels when it comes to sound systems for terraces, parks and gardens, particularly with the Elipson Rain speaker range, created to resist tough weather conditions.
Continually innovating and offering speakers that are as beautiful as they are acoustically efficient, France’s oldest brand of high-end speakers hasn’t finished surprising us with their works of acoustic art.
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