HARMAN Professional Solutions Brings Enchanting Audio to Open-Air Production of Traditional Chinese Theater
January 07, 2019
WUYUAN, China—Zhongzhi Construction Technology Engineering Co. recently deployed a range of JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers for a large-scale outdoor theater production of “Home in the Dreams”.
“Home in the Dreams” is an open-air theater performance of a traditional Chinese legend, presented by the Cultural Education branch of the Chinese company Yitian Group. The waterfront theater in Shangrao, Jiangxi province where it’s performed provides a backdrop of lakes and mountains for up to 3,000 audience members.
Yitian Group wanted the natural beauty of the open-air theater to enhance the performance, but needed a sound system that could withstand the rigors of outdoor use. They hired Zhongzhi Construction Technology Engineering Co, who put together an all-weather audio solution featuring JBL Professional loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers.
“After the installation of the audio system, the customers were highly satisfied with the theater’s acoustics,” said Chen Zhiwei, audio system designer and engineer of Zhongzhi Construction Technology Engineering Co. “They said the sound quality was much better than that of similar venues, and they were quite confident in the level of quality the HARMAN system brought to the performance.”
Zhongzhi installed JBL VTX A12 line array loudspeakers for focused mid- and high-frequency detail. ASB 6128 extended-range subwoofers supplemented the main arrays, covering 250Hz and below. To fill out the center image with full-range sound, Zhongzhi positioned three-way PD6322 loudspeakers along the front of the stage. High-powered AW595-BK monitors provided clear sound for the performers on stage. Heavy-duty WRC (Weather Resistant Coating) protected the loudspeakers from the elements.
Two Crown I-Tech 4x3500 HD power amplifiers with onboard OMNIDRIVE HD processing and network connectivity powered the main left and right arrays. Seven high-efficiency MA 5000i amplifiers powered the center-fill speakers, controlled by the same network as the line arrays. Three T10 dual-channel units powered the stage monitors, providing power and headroom in a simple, dedicated system.