Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa, Japan

The Opportunity

Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa is an aquarium in urban Tokyo that showcases the mysterious and colorful marine world. To provide clear, intelligible sound for dolphin shows in The Stadium, a massive circular indoor pool venue, Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa required a specialized audio system capable of withstanding the constant moisture.

The Solution

To immerse the audience in spectacular performances, Hibino Corporation installed JBL AWC Series loudspeakers in The Stadium. AWC Series speaker systems were chosen for their excellent sound quality and high weather resistance. They can withstand splashes of seawater as well as high-temperature and high-humidity locations with condensation, such as pools. AWC159 loudspeakers were installed to provide more extensive coverage and cover a greater area with fewer speakers. AWC15LF subwoofers were utilized for additional low-frequency support.

In addition to the AWC Series speakers, Crown DCi 4|600N amplifiers and BSS BLU-160 digital audio processors were installed, enabling flexible control over the outputs of 16 AWC Series speakers. To add high-quality, realistic sound effects to moving objects, a control system providing 360-degree projection mapping was introduced. An added advantage of this setup is that all the outputs can be controlled by any Windows PC using HARMAN HiQnet Audio Architect software with customized displays that make it easy to operate.

The Impact

“To ensure that all visitors can hear the performances clearly, the management requested us to implement a system that would produce crystal-clear, immersive sound in every corner of the venue,” said a spokesperson at Hibino Corporation. “To provide balanced audio coverage, we used JBL’s AWC Series waterproof speakers along with Crown amplifiers and a range of other HARMAN accessories. This new system delivers seamless coverage across the entire venue, ensuring that every guest receives the same compelling listening experience.”

“The response has been excellent from the visitors,” said a spokesperson at Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa. “The new audio system can also handle a live performance by a singer in the dolphin show. The addition of amplifiers and other changes to improve the system’s overall performance have significantly enhanced the audio quality in The Stadium and the other areas.”