Bars start to serve high-end sound

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The Future. A new wave of American establishments are taking notes from Japan’s jazz kissa (cafes), outfitting their locations with high-end sound systems and great acoustics to wash diners in music. The popularity of these restaurants could create a fascinating new way for artists to launch new or remastered albums.

Five-star audio
The hottest new trend in dining may be giving your ears something delicious.

  • Bars like Continental in Nashville, Shibuya in Seattle, and Tokyo Listening Room in NYC are serving shareable bites and cocktails that don’t need to be mixed loudly, while playing some of the best-sounding music you’ve ever heard.
  • The effect naturally has people talking less, choosing instead to eat and drink in silence to enjoy a full album — it’s all about the vibe.
  • That’s not to say that patrons can’t talk — the best listening bars have such good acoustics that people can chat low to their friends and still be heard.

Listening bars have become so popular that a Yelp report found that online searches for them have shot up 306% in the past year alone, with as many as 75 locations already open in the US.

In other words, you may soon be checking the dining and sound system options on a Friday night.

David Vendrell

Born and raised a stone’s-throw away from the Everglades, David left the Florida swamp for the California desert. Over-caffeinated, he stares at his computer too long either writing the TFP newsletter or screenplays. He is repped by Anonymous Content.


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