Shanghai—Mar 20, 2019
WEIN Cinema Brings World-Class JBL by HARMAN Cinema Audio to Asia’s Largest Cinema Complex
ACE Film and Television Equipment Co. deploy a range of JBL cinema audio solutions to deliver high-quality surround sound for 34 theaters at WEIN Cinema
Film and Television Equipment Co. recently outfitted WEIN Cinema, Asia’s
largest cinema complex, with state-of-the-art JBL by HARMAN cinema audio systems
in 34 separate theaters.
Cinema is the largest cinema complex in Asia, comprised of 34 state-of-the-art
theaters occupying a 20,000 square-meter area. WEIN is located within the
massive Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center, which also contains
multiple exhibition halls, a business center, high-end office space and hotels.
With more than 5,000 seats total, the WEIN Cinema complex includes a Samsung
Onyx LED screen, two IMAX theaters and several themed theaters including a
children’s theater, couples’ theater and VIP theater. WEIN Cinema contracted
with ACE Film and Television Equipment Co., a high-end theater brand operated
by Dadi Digital Cinema Corporation, to outfit all 34 theaters with JBL and
Crown audio solutions to match the state-of-the-art video technology with
unparalleled sound quality.
installed a range of JBL loudspeaker systems to provide flexible solutions tailored
to each individual theater, including JBL ScreenArray loudspeakers positioned
behind the screens for primary sound reproduction. JBL 3722N two-way
loudspeakers from the ScreenArray line were used in most of the theaters,
providing smooth and accurate sound reproduction in a
compact and cost-effective format. ACE also deployed the three-way JBL 3732
model in certain situations to provide maximum output with minimal distortion
and optimal coverage. Other theaters feature JBL 3252N units with dual 15"
low frequency drivers and Teonex-diaphragm high-frequency drivers in a single
enclosure. JBL C222 loudspeakers were used in the smallest theaters, where space
limitations required an extra-compact footprint.
installed three different JBL surround loudspeaker models throughout the
complex. The cost-effective and high-performing JBL 8320 serves as the main surround
speaker, with a total of 148 units installed. Other theaters feature the JBL 9400/9410, which offers extended bass response and a
proprietary Wave Shaping Vane for precise coverage. In theaters where space was
limited, ACE selected 8" JBL 8281 speakers to provide high power handling
and sensitivity in a small package. To supplement the surround systems,
fill out the sound and provide extra bass impact, ACE
deployed two different types of JBL subwoofers. The main subwoofer in
most of the theaters is the JBL 4642A, which contains
dual 18" woofers mounted in a vented-gap configuration for smooth response
at the lowest audible frequencies. In certain theaters, ACE selected JBL 4181
subwoofers with 18” dual-coil vented cooling drivers as an alternative.
amplifiers were used exclusively throughout WEIN Cinema. 137 Crown DSi Series
power amplifiers, designed specifically for use with the JBL ScreenArray
systems, power most of the cinema loudspeakers and provide onboard DSP. Ten
Crown XLC Series amplifiers with DriveCore technology were installed in select
theaters to provide a more cost-effective solution with lower power consumption
without sacrificing performance. Additionally, each of WEIN Cinema’s IMAX
theaters features a JBL CPi2000 cinema processor unit, which provides volume
control and DSP for all surround speaker channels, 1/3-octave graphic EQ for
precise room tuning and system fault detection with redundant outputs in case
of power failures.