Harman Brings Audio to Traditional Chinese Theatre

Zhongzhi deployed JBL VTX A12 loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers for outdoor performances of Home in the Dreams

Zhongzhi Construction Technology Engineering has deployed a range of JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers for a large-scale outdoors 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 provided 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, 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. “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, JBL 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 JBL PD6322 loudspeakers along the front of the stage. High-powered JBL 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 Audio 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 Crown Audio MA 5000i amplifiers powered the centre-fill speakers, controlled by the same network the line arrays were. Three T10 dual-channel units powered the stage monitors and provided power and headroom in a simple, dedicated system.