Oslo bistro offers diners a slice of Genelec

Oslo’s Villa Heftye bistro.

Villa Heftye, a laid-back bistro in the heart of Oslo, underwent renovation that consisted of installing a custom Genelec sound system.

Henning Dyngvold, founder of Appletify, the installer of the new Genelec system, began: “The brief was to build an audio system with the best possible sound. The loudspeakers had to look good and complement the design of the restaurant.”

The resultant system comprises sixteen Genelec 4020 installation loudspeakers, along with eight of the larger 4030 models, two 4040 models and two AIW26 active in-wall loudspeakers. This was the combination needed to ensure Villa Heftye could accommodate live performances, while also offering an ambient background soundtrack for diners.

Dyngvold continued: “The 4020s were chosen for their compact size and the 4030s and 4040s for their powerful performance at a high event volume. All of this together has given Villa Heftye a crystal-clear audio atmosphere.”

Dyngvold stated: “The 4000 series was a great choice as there is a wide range of mounting accessories – which meant we could place them discreetly in the restaurant, without affecting the overall sound.”

Villa Heftye is split into four main rooms. The first three are each equipped with four 4020s and the fourth has four 4030s plus two AIW26 in-wall loudspeakers. Control comes from an Allen and Heath AHM 64 audio matrix processor.

Dyngvold explained: “The AIW26 active in-wall speakers were intended to be used together with the 4030s when there is an artist playing live. In fact, the restaurant now leaves them on all of the time because it gives the background music a warm feeling and improves directivity, making the sound more precise – both at low volume and at event level.”

Dyngvold concluded: “It sounds amazing, and it’s all thanks to Genelec’s excellent product range. We were able to meet the client’s needs thanks to the quality and versatility of the brand.”