Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 6 Live-Music Sound Systems
It's often difficult enough to hear a great band or solo artist over the yammering of those in attendance, but it is made worse when the sound system sounds like garbage. We music lovers have often lamented the lack of decorum shown by some local music "fans" when it comes to talking during shows, but it's normally the musicians who are left to bitch about bad sound.
House of Blues
Fortunately, Houston does have a few very good rooms for listening and sound systems that can be loud enough and clean enough to drown out the clinking glasses and flapping gums of the noisy few among us. It's also nice that it makes the band sound killer in the process.
House of Blues took the No. 1 spot for Best Sound System in 2009. Here are the best of the rest.
5. McGonigel's Mucky Duck: If there was a best listening room in Houston, Mucky Duck would have to be on the list. It's one of the rare places where people truly go to just listen. In fact, you might just get shushed if you aren't careful.
Photo by Brittanie Shey
They have a small sound system that won't blow the doors off the place, but it's clean and ideal for the singer/songwriters that occupy the stage there every night, including what is purported to be the longest running open-mike night in the city.
4. Warehouse Live: For larger rooms, Warehouse is one of the better venues. The setup in both the large and small rooms is ideal for standing and watching, and while hard concrete walls and floors are not ideal for optimum sound, they wisely offset the stage in the small room to prevent sound reflection and the whole place just feels like a big music venue.
Photo by Marco Torres
With all the hip-hop acts that come through there with regularity, it's no wonder the low end is earthshaking in there. Stand too close to the speakers at any show and you will hear what I mean. That thunderous low end is one of the main reasons Warehouse makes this list.