HARMAN Brings Enchanting Audio to Traditional Chinese Theatre

Zhongzhi Construction Technology Engineering Co. recently deployed a range of JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers for a large-scale outdoor theatre production of “Home in the Dreams”.

“Home in the Dreams” is an open-air theatre performance of a traditional Chinese legend, presented by the Cultural Education branch of the Chinese company Yitian Group. The waterfront theatre 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 theatre to enhance the performance, but needed a sound system that could withstand the rigours 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 theatre’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 centre 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
weather resistant coating protected the loudspeakers from the elements.

Two Crown I-Tech 4×3500 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 centre-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.