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6000 to 7000 square feet is really large. Two things flow from that.

One, which you might not have thought of, is that that really puts you outside the "Safe Harbor" for small commercial establishments' listening to music over the radio. That means that ASCAP and BMI can demand that you pay licensing fees for the music you listen to from CDs, internet radio, or internet streaming services. You can avoid ASCAP and BMI by signing up to a paid music service. But a conscientious honest professional sound system designer, in my humble opinion, should not take peoples' money to put in a big system without not first making sure they were aware of that potential cost factor.

Second, to do the job really up right would require some serious professional Public Address loudspeakers, most likely Line Array designs, and it is also likely that you would be wasting your money if you did not install at least some acoustical materials.

The thing you can try (even though their fine print might exclude business uses) is Sonos' new Play:5 one-box systems with onboard DSP (digital signal processing) via an iPhone app.

The Play:5 costs $500, and two can be paired for Left and Right stereo.

My guess is that two pairs of Play:5s might have enough oomph (technical term) to cover a 70 x 100 area, especially if you were to spring for Sonos subwoofers.

The good parts are, the Sonos are as Wi-Fi ready as can be, so all they need is a power cord and a wi-fi signal. So, synching up four boxes would be a breeze compared to wiring up 6, 8, or 10 line-array speakers to cover the area.

And, the onboard DSP feature (that allows you to tweak the factory-preset EQ target) should eliminate a lot of what would OTW be boomy sound.

But even though the Sonos system I describe would cost between a couple and a few thousand, there are no guarantees from me or anyone else that they would satisfy you and your customers, and I have no idea whether Sonos would honor a Money Back Guarantee for a commercial use.

Best of luck,

John Marks

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