Manta, a luxurious poolside Mediterranean experience in the heart of Sliema, Malta, opened this year with a 1 SOUND audio system. Black Box Pro is the AV integration company that was contracted for this project. Black Box Pro signed on to be 1 SOUND’s exclusive distributor in Malta earlier this year making this their first project to include 1 SOUND shortly after signing.


This prestigious lido and restaurant offers impeccable service, a captivating ambiance, and breathtaking views on the Mediterranean Sea. This restaurant called for elegance in every aspect and especially durability regarding the loudspeaker installation. Black Box Pro knew 1 SOUND was the perfect match for this project because of the loudspeakers’ high fidelity quality sound, elegant aesthetic, and premium build quality making all products IP55 and saltwater resistant with stainless steel 316 accessories and hardware.


Black Box Pro was the first to install 1 SOUND’s newly released Cannon C8s for Manta making this a next-level audio installation for Manta’s restaurant and pool deck. Manta offers tranquility and lively entertainment with an in-house DJ, saxophonists, and percussionists who play through the distributed system.

DJ booth – custom grilles

For the outdoor pool lido deck,  23 Cannon C8s in white were distributed. To mount off the restaurant building Black Box Pro used C8 C-Clamps and L-Brackets allowing for vertical and horizontal aiming. These C8s were often paired with a SUB12 nearby for bass. On the poolside where there were no walls for mounting, Black Box Pro utilized 1 SOUND’s Active Tube and C-Clamp to have a vertical tilt for the loudspeaker and hidden cables. They made a custom mount to put the Active Tube into the ground for a streamlined look. Being that the Cannon C8 has a bandwidth down to 55 Hz, a subwoofer was not missed in certain areas where the C8 stood alone. 19 SUB12s were distributed around the pool deck for distributed bass.

For the DJ booth, Black Box Pro used two C8s and mounted the C-Clamps straight into the desk, making an uptilt for the DJ. The C8 has a different design from the other Cannons in the series. It has a compression driver and proprietary horn element, resulting in the full-range C8 sounding more impactful in combination with its power efficiency. This is why they are great DJ monitors that stand alone without a subwoofer.

C4i & WSUB45 – indoor restaurant

For the open-concept restaurant, 13 C4is were mounted indoors for background music. These 4-inch high-fidelity coaxial loudspeakers were paired with 5 WSUB45s mounted to the wall with the WSUB45 C-Clamp kit. For the outdoor dining areas off the restaurant, including a balcony patio, Cannon C6s were used with their C-Clamp accessories for mounting.