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HARMAN Professional Solutions Delivers Exceptional Audio for Zhang Jun’s Pop Spin on Chinese Opera

April 03, 2019

JBL VTX A12 loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers provide premium sound for Chinese superstar Zhang Jun’s modern opera “Shuimo Xindiao”

SHANGHAI—Chinese opera star Zhang Jun’s recent production “Shuimo Xindiao” featured JBL VTX Series loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers, which delivered premium audio to an arena packed with 10,000 music fans.

As a UNESCO Artist for Peace, Zhang Jun strives to keep the 600-year-old tradition of KunQu opera alive. His latest production, “Shuimo Xindiao” (New Tunes of the Water Mill), reinvented classical melodies with modern pop instrumentation, including guitar, violin, saxophone and electronic elements. The performance took place at Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena.

To convey the subtlety of KunQu with the intensity of pop music, the production required a cutting-edge sound system with unparalleled power and clarity. In order to deliver world-class sound for the performance, event crews deployed  a JBL VTX line array system consisting of VTX A12, V25 and V20 loudspeakers, S28 and G28 subwoofers, and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

Due to the immense size of the Mercedes-Benz Arena, the production needed a sound system that could provide even coverage throughout the entire venue and bring high-quality sound to every seat. The HARMAN Professional system was comprised of 28 VTX V25 loudspeakers for the main arrays, 30 VTX A12 loudspeakers for side fills, six VTX V20 loudspeakers for center fills. Subwoofers included 16 S28 subwoofers suspended with the main arrays and eight G28 models stacked at ground level. The entire system was powered by a network of Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.