Japan’s Art Aquarium Upgrades Sound

Using JBL, Crown and BSS products, HIBINO Corporation designed a premier audio system that delivers pristine sound and guest experience.


26 November 2020

Adding powerful sound to its striking visual displays, Art Aquarium collaborated with HIBINO Corporation to enhance its exhibit with a state-of-the-art Harman Professional audio solution.

Established in 2007, Art Aquarium has exhibited all across Japan and overseas at places that communicate history and culture, including Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall, Kyoto’s Nijo-jo Castle as well as the 21st-Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. With more than 10 million visitors, Art Aquarium has expanded overseas into Milan, Italy and Shanghai, China. Wanting to elevate the “Kingyo” Aquarium to reach the vision of its creative director, Art Aquarium required an innovative, cutting-edge audio system that provided pristine sound quality and an enhanced guest experience. 

“The client wanted a high-performance audio solution that would provide as much power and clarity as possible. After careful consideration, our team designed and installed an integrated Harman Professional audio solution made up of JBL Professional speakers, Crown amplifiers and BSS signal processors,” said a spokesperson at HIBINO. “We were confident the Harman solution would cover the museum’s needs and exceed their expectations.” 

The system features an array of JBL Control Contractor 20 Series speakers, including Control 23-1 and Control 25-1 loudspeakers as well as Control SB-2 subwoofers. The compact speakers deliver a rich sonic character with wide, consistent sound dispersion across the venue, while the subs deliver authoritative, accurate low end. Further adding pristine sound to the exhibit, HIBINO installed JBL AC18/95 and AC28/95 two-way loudspeakers and ASB6118 high-power subwoofers. For unmatched power and reliability, HIBINO powered the system with Crown DCi 8|300N, DCi 8|600N, DCi 4|600N and CDi 4|1200BL amplifiers. To ensure pristine sound and optimum performance, the system also includes BSS BLU-160 signal processors with BLU link and BSS EC-V volume controllers.

“Audio is an important storytelling tool, and to help showcase our exhibit we entrusted HIBINO Corporation to install a world-class sound system,” said a spokesperson at the Art Aquarium. “Harman’s system integrated smoothly and we were able to create an immersive experience for the audience.”

“Venues like Art Aquarium that seek to popularise history and culture through both audio and visual mediums, need optimum sound performance,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM Harman Professional Solutions, APAC. “We would like to thank our partner HIBINO Corporation for understanding the unique requirements of the space and giving the museum a sense of immersion with world-class sound reinforcement.”

Harman: pro.harman.com
MadisonAV (Harman Installed Audio): madisonav.com.au
CMI (Harman Performance Audio): cmi.com.au


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