August 27, 2019
TOKYO, Japan—Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa collaborated with Hibino and HARMAN Professional Solutions to implement a cutting-edge audio system that provides immersive live entertainment while showcasing the charms of marine life.
Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa is an aquarium in urban Tokyo that showcases the mysterious and colorful marine world. The aquarium offers a range of programs reflecting seasonal characteristics and popular trends—especially “The Stadium” which is a massive round pool, featuring dynamic performances by dolphins.
“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 the spokesperson at Hibino. “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.”
To improve performances and immerse the audience, JBL AWC Series speakers were installed in The Stadium. AWC Series loudspeaker 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 a pool. 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. Also, 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 and the customized displays only make it easier to operate.
"The response has been excellent from the visitors,” said the 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 has significantly enhanced the audio quality in The Stadium and the other areas."
“Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa is a major tourist attraction, so it’s imperative that they have a state-of-the-art professional audio system,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We would like to thank Hibino, our country partner, for meticulous planning and deploying HARMAN Professional Solutions to deliver the precision audio quality required."