Although installs for John Lyons Systems have ranged from $50,000 to $4 million to $5 million, one thing that always remains constant is the approach to system design. “While I am a nightclub owner, I’ve also been building A/V systems for a long time. I design systems from the point of an owner-operator,” Lyons says. “As a nightclub owner, I wouldn’t want to get gouged if I was buying a system. As the operator, I want to be comfortable using the system.
“I don’t want to be at home on a Saturday night and get a call from a panicked manager about a system being down. So I build systems with a redundant backup that protects the system in case something does go wrong. If one device goes out, it won’t prevent the club from opening up and getting a night out of the system.”
Knoxville, Tenn.-based DFA Solutions also focuses on usability. Brent Midyett, VP of marketing and relationships, says the 10-person company has found success at sports bars that want that next level of control. “We’ve all been in bars where nobody knows how to change the channel on certain TVs. Or they hooked everything up themselves with DirecTV boxes.”
DFA is a Crestron dealer. Midyett says the in-depth Crestron graphical user interface (GUI) “makes it easy for whoever is working the bar that night. ¬ The bar doesn’t need that one person on every night who knows how to control everything,” says Midyett, who adds that DFA will put mailbox numbers on the bottom of TVs so the bar staff doesn’t need a map to figure out which TV is which.
Midyett says DFA often sets up its Crestron systems to automatically turn on/off TVs, lighting, etc. when restaurants/bar open or close. “Having to manually turn everything off gets old.”