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Amsterdam’s Panama nightclub immerses clubbers with Pioneer Pro Audio XY Series

The Panama nightclub has been at the forefront of the Dutch music scene for more than 16 years, presenting a wide variety of styles and a mix of global and local DJs

Amsterdam’s renowned Panama nightclub has installed Pioneer Pro Audio XY Series loudspeakers for a more immersive audio solution.

The club appointed AVL Rent, under the leadership of Wouter Ruijter, to install the system.

The Panama nightclub has been at the forefront of the Dutch music scene for more than 16 years, presenting a wide variety of styles and a mix of global and local DJs. The venue has a capacity of over 1000 and also acts as a multi-purpose events space.

 The new FOH system at Panama comprises four XY-3B and eight XY-118S. Club manager Thijs Eilerts explains how this has improved the audio experience: “My first impression was that I was very, very happy. This was a far more immersive experience – way more crisp and it takes people to another level. You can hear way more detail in the sound through the system so you tell far better what the producer is trying to communicate through the music…through the sound system.”

DJ, producer and owner of Toolroom records, Mark Knight, recently played through Panama’s new XY-Series system and shared his thoughts: “When you go to a nightclub you want to immerse yourself sonically, so the system needs to have a real presence. If you play on a good sound system like tonight’s, loud doesn’t hurt you, loud is cool, it’s distortion that hurts and there was no distortion at all. What I really did notice was the stereo field was really quite distinct. There are certain things I play that I don’t normally notice playing live outside the studio but they were really quite apparent tonight…”

The feedback from clubbers has also been positive. Thijs Eilerts reported that since the new system was installed, he has been approached by customers who are very enthusiastic about what they see as a clear improvement in the venue’s sound quality. 

Panama’s programmer, Nick Van Houtrijve, commented: “The first thing to say is that the sound is so clear. It doesn’t matter how hard the system is being driven. That’s what people want – they want loud music, but they want it clear. If the system is no good, people complain and the promoter is not going to come back. If you put in a new party and it’s the first time they’ve heard Panama, Amsterdam and they think it sounds amazing, they’re going to come back.”

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