Art Aquarium (Audio), Japan

The Opportunity

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 and enhance its striking visual displays with powerful acoustics, Art Aquarium required a cutting-edge audio system that offers excellent sound and an immersive experience for guests.

The Solution

In collaboration with HIBINO Corporation, Art Aquarium reached the vision of its creative director by selecting an innovative, world-class HARMAN Professional audio solution that delivers incredible sound throughout the exhibit. The system features an array of JBL Professional 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.

The Impact

“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.”
“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.”