The Studio, An Artistic Dining Experience
The Studio, An Artistic Dining Experience

The Studio, An Artistic Dining Experience

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.studiodining.com/
  • Phone: 8437856000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner : Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Paul Colella
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Studio is able to accommodate Private Events on-premise for up to 40 people. Please contact us to discuss off-premise options. Chef Paul will gladly customize your party to meet your every need. Wine Dinners/Lectures are always available, and are a great way to entice clients to join an event! Our artists and musicians are available for events if desired.
  • Private Party Contact: Paul Colella 843-785-6000
  • Entertainment: Please call for details

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pope Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Studio, An Artistic Dining Experience
Entice Your Senses While You Dine, Innovative International Cuisine, Live Musical Entertainment, Fine Art Gallery, Artists Creating at the Easel and Early Dining Discounts Available.

Private Dining Room Available for up to 40 People

Rated Top Restaurant in Hilton Head 2008-2009

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
The Studio, An Artistic Dining Experience reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (42)special occasion (39)fit for foodies (36)neighborhood gem (25)notable wine list (21)good for groups (6)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This by far the best restaurant on Hilton Head, and we have many fine restaurants. We always take our guests there and they state that they cannot wait for a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best HH has to offer
    winelvr
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Few restaurants manage to be consistently terrific from year to year, visit to visit; this is one. The Studio ought to be on your short list of places not to miss when you come to HH. Great ambiance, outstanding service, a killer wine list and delicious, interesting food. What's not to love? Make your reservations early!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Lovely atmosphere. Excellent service. Surprised by all the excellent reviews as food was very mediocre and "banquet" tasting.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • interesting dining experience
    ScoutVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Due to being a dining experience filled with original art, we enjoyed the uniqueness. Cannot give a great review, as service was slow, and we needed to get to a play. Both husband & I ordered off menu, but even tho early in evening (6:00) there was only one portion left. My husb. hurriedly picked something else he thought would be quick, but it took a long time to be served, & he did not care for. A couple seated near us, loves the restaurant, & it was also recommended to us by someone at another play. So, we will definitely give it another chance, and allow 2 hrs for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, good entertainment
    DETZ
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We went here for a birthday dinner. It was nice with the singer entertaining. Staff were very friendly. I got the crab and vidella onion soup for appetizer. In the past, there was a pile of crab lumped in the middle. This time it was mixed in. I actually prefer the lump in the middle. It is visually more appealing and I think you actually get more crab this way. I also got the crab topped grouper fillet. This was good. We got the bread pudding for dessert to share. It was also good. I would prefer alittle more chocolate sauce over the top, but good still.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well paced
    jlkr
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Food is well prepared and tasty. Menu is small with an excellent selection of seafood, pork, lamb, beef as well as vegetarian choices. Time between courses allowed sufficient time for us to visit with our evening's dinner guests. We enjoyed wine, crab soup, salad and entrees. Our guests indicated that they would return. Frequently one of the owners will greet guests throughout the evening, however, tonight was an exception. Our server made us feel very welcome encouraging our guests to take a walk around the restaurant to view the art work done by one of the owners. The Studio can be difficult to find but is well worth the experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feast for Eyes and Palate
    Luvfinedining
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food was excellent! There was a variety of dishes with varied international influences to choose from. They have very good vegetarian dishes for the health conscious. Besides the food, you will also enjoy the beautiful paintings on display which, by the way, you can purchase if you like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome find
    Karday
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    A taste extravaganza. Worth every penny. Escargot served atop a sweet potato. Paintings were done by person that worked there and looked like photo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mushroom crepes are awesome
    Juranimals
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Read a bunch of reviews for hilton head restaurants... Picked Studio.... Did not disappoint. Husband is chef, wife is artist that greeted us. Good was over the top good. Mushroom crepes were best meal my wife has had in years and she's the foodie. I had snapper paella that was also very very good. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Dining Experience
    teamshark
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    unique mix of art gallery, live music, interesting menu and great service. My wife and I dined last weekend for her birthday and had a great time. At first I thought the atmosphere was a little too intimate as in too small, too crowded but by the end of the evening people were talking, toasting and sharing a good time. The artwork was a little unusual, not my taste but contributed to the overall uniqueness of the dining experience. If your looking for something different would highly recommend The Studio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    jumbob
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Atmosphere was great. Food was wonderful. Music was fantastic. Exceeded our expectations
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Faorite restaurant on the island.
    Baabaap
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We have been vacationing on Hilton Head for the past 12 years and our only reret is that we did not discover The Studio until this year!! What a gem. It is now our favorite dining place on the island and we are looking forward to Tapa night this coming Tuesday. Absolutely no complaints.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant good vegan options
    sharon
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It is quite rare to find an excellent restaurant that can accommodate vegan dining and regular food options as well and also be a romantic fine dining experience! I highly recommend this restaurant for anyone and especially for those of you who are vegetarian or vegan. The food is outstanding. It was an excellent choice for my husband's birthday dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Island Fvorite
    PepBoy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    If you visit Hilton Head, you must try The Studio. Best time is on Friday or Saturday evening when Armand DeMille is singing and playing the guitar after 7pm. Reservations are suggested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mrs. Trombley
    Dianne
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Quaint, quiet, romantic, small rooms, fine dining. Food impeccable, service friendly and attentive. I would recommend this place for a quiet dining experience or a special occasion. Prices for entrees start at $30 but worth the price. Vegetarian meals start around $20. Wine list good. Didn't try the dessert, we were full. Filet mignon was the best I had ever had, even better than The Chop House in Charleston SC, which is really good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lose the music
    Peggy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The music was like bad Karaoke. Too bad and too loud. Distracting and just not necessary. Also the whole place was just too dark. I understand that they are trying to create a "mood" for the artwork, but they needed a few more candles. In spite of it all - the food was delicious - although the wine list (by the glass) was a bit sparse. And overall it was quite expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous
    swanny
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I have been to the Studio many times, and everytime it's great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet & elegant.
    James
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Combination art gallery and chef-driven gourmet food. Attentive service. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    Twofoodys
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We were vacationing at Hilton Head Island and tried a number of nice restaurants while we were there (I would say both my husband and I are 'foodies'). We both decided The Studio was the best experience of our trip. The hostess was friendly and gracious, the waitress was friendly and efficient, and the food was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at this restaurant. Having art work to view during and after the meal was an added bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jbjt
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My friend thought the restaurant looked like an office business not a restaurant. He did not like the soup and the steak was tasteless. He also found the background music irritating. I on the other hand loved the art, my soup was great and the sea food was fine. The vegetable was limp and overdone as it should be crispy. I would try again but he will not.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of a kind!
    Dondonme423
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Been coming to HHI since '87. We found this gem about 5years ago and go back every year. Not for children, casual yet elegant , perfect for a special occasion or a romantic dinner for two. The menu has a great selection of spectacular entrees. The food is absolutely delicious especially the Artist's Palate! Their waiter, Alex was extremely personable, attentive and knowledgeable. You will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Evening
    foodman
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My husband and I recently dined at the Studio for my birthday. Per usual, the food was fantastic. My duck breast was cooked to perfection and the portion was so generous, I had it again for lunch the next day. My husband ordered the special pallet trio of filet, lamb and grouper. He reported his was exceptional, as well. Ambiance is charming; we love the owner's paintings hung on most walls. Service was attentive and personable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still a great restaurant, off night
    HHIGuyVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our fourth time to the Studio in fifteen months---and not the best of the four. Seemed short staffed and rushed. We gave five stars out of five for our first three visits. An off night. A wonderful restaurant overall. Well worth your time. Hoping our next visit sees a return to the quality we enjoyed the first three. Cocktails were outstanding.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives Up to its Billing
    JJFAVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had dinner there on 8/16/14. The restaurant was as described by the many patrons of Open Table. The artist at work at a canvas added to the ambience, and a guitarist played well-known standards softly in the background. Very nice. The food was also very good. We had the house salad (ample and well-prepared) and the rack of lamb, as our entree, was good, but with risotto and gravy. (We prefer mint with our rack of lamb.) However, my wife thought the risotto was the best she had ever had. For dessert, we thoroughly enjoyed the bread pudding with glaze (bourbon?) and a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top. Delicious! Also enjoyed the house pinot noir and a cup of decaf coffee with the dessert. We shall be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice spot...
    KphjrVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We really enjoyed our evening at Studio. The restaurant is intimate with a musician playing guitar. The food was delicious! We had the palate trio (good when you can't decide), duck (wife really liked), tuna carpaccio (one of our best appetizers on Hilton Head - yum) and crab and vidalia onion soup (also good). Would have stayed for dessert... "Bananas Foster Bread Pudding", but to full. Next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Treasure
    LindaHHI
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Tucked away but worth the search. Great food (I chose a pricey combo)and setting. Only criticism was that live entertainment was promised, but there was none on a Friday night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DonM
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We brought our 7 and 3 year olds, and they were very accommodating to us. Quiet rainy evening, very attentive service and great food, and price was as expected. The filet was good quality and scallops big and seared correctly. Yes, decor is eclectic, but not offensive or bad taste as one reviewer stated. All in all, we'll do again without any hesitation.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem. Excellent food
    FoodisLife
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Hidden neighborhood gem with excellent food and a unique menu. This is the 3rd time we've been and the 3rd time the food was exceptional along with the service. The chefs palate samplers are always unique and a solid play if you can't decide. The menu also offers many locally grown veggies and locally caught or raised fish and beef. Reasonably priced as well. You cannot go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Hilton Head!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Very nice find while on vacation in HH. Everything about our dining experience was excellent. Tried many local resturants but this was indeed the best! Food was prepared perfectly and staff was very attentive. Will return on our next trip to the island.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    Dencor
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We were looking for a special dining experience and the Studio had it all. Delicious food, beautiful artwork, meticulous wait staff, and a romantic setting. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food is the focus.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Exquisite selections, delicious presentation, adequate portions, taste was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    vegprincessVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The Studio was a bit hidden, but we were delighted once we found it. The service was impeccable. The food was perfection. There were several vegetarian/vegan alternatives. Dessert was out of this world! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the Best!
    LRM1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This restaurant provided our family with the best dining experience of our ten day vacation. The atmosphere is warm and intimate, with tasteful live music and a resident painter creating a masterpiece right before your eyes. The dining room is an actual art gallery, and seats only about 20 people. The menu is eclectic, and includes five vegan entrees in addition to the traditional meat and seafood options. Our vegan family tried four of the five vegan entrees, and each one was simply amazing. We also enjoyed a delicious chocolate cheesecake for dessert. (vegan, but no one would ever guess!) The waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. Overall, one of the best dining experiences we have had anywhere, even before becoming vegan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Treat yourself!
    Megruber
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Fresh, colorful, varietal dishes in an intimate setting. Great vegetarian/vegan options - the jambalaya is our favorite. Attentive & friendly staff. We drive over an hour just to eat here for date night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a find
    GolfnEat
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We have been going to Hilton Head for 30 years and thought we knew all the truly great places. We were wrong, we were very wrong. The Studio was absolutely awesome. Incredible food, great service, live entertainment, works of art - just unique and wonderful. The steak I had was possibly the best I have ever tasted. All the entre's were exceptional and the Crab and Vidalia soup was to die for. We will be returning. A new one on our top 10.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • True Artistry
    DestinDad
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    One of the best meals we had on the island during our recent visit. Food was overall excellent and certainly unique. The tuna appetizer was the highlight of my meal, extremely flavorful and well presented. The only imperfection was the temperature of the grilled meats, I ordered medium-rare and instead found them to be medium-well. None the less, excellent flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very fine
    Kygama
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This very special boutique restaurant has great food and service. It was very quiet and relaxing. It would be great for a intimate special occasion or romantic meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The people are as good as the food
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    This is a small restaurant that boasts an eclectic menu. Even when you think you know what you are ordering, the chef's take on it will still pleasantly surprise you. Lunonia (your Hostess) personally greets all diners. Her art hangs on the walls and she loves to talk about it. Our waitress, Amanda, was knowledgeable and friendly. I am not a vegetarian, but the menu boasts a good selection of these dishes. I am always tempted to go vegetarian for the day. I highly recommend The Studio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finedining
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    one of our favorites on the island. A great place for a special occasion or just and evening of fine dining. The atmosphere is quiet and very comfortable with the owner's paintings on the wall and low light. Service is excellent with both the waitress and owner giving lots of attention to your dining needs and delivery of your order. The menu very exquisit with the "chefs tasting" menu a great value. The food is prepared to order and presented beautifully. All in all, a wonderful dining experience. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 419 reviews are from the The Studio, An Artistic Dining Experience reviews archive.
  • Always a pleasure - great dining!
    foodsnobs
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    As usual, the food was great. Owners and wait staff treat you as family. Had the scallops and they were delicious. My wide had tuna and it was great too. The Vidallia Crab soup is the best appetizer we've had on the island. Will be back on our next visit to HHI.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic