Hangzhou, China – August 2011… Being one of the most important tourist cities in China, Hangzhou is famous for its natural scenery and its West Lake. This thriving city is also home to the Dongpo Theater, the flagship theatre of Gold Coast Culture Development Ltd., better known as the Gold Coast Company. As one of the top entertainment theatres in China, the Dongpo Theatre offers two performances nightly year â€˜round: Night of West Lake for the tourists and the Gold Coast Entertainment Show for local citizens. Sound quality is a major consideration for all who perform at the Dongpo Theatre, which is considered a cultural and entertainment landmark. This is precisely why a new sound reinforcement system drawn from the catalog of Valencia, Spain –based D.A.S. Audio was recently placed into service.
Ms. Jie Han, Gold Coast Company's Project Manager, discussed the significance of the company's efforts and the reasoning that led to deployment of the new D.A.S. Audio sound system. “As the largest theatre chain in China,” Ms. Han explained, “the Gold Coast Company operates over 50 theatre productions at its 14 theatres across China. The Gold Coast Entertainment Show is the most famous brand among Gold Coast Company's offerings and the production is presented year â€˜round in each of the company's theatres. With a total audience volume of over 5 million people per year, this is a very important entertainment property, so it is crucial that our audiences be treated to the very best sound.”
With this objective in mind, Hangzhou Chuangda Stage Facilities, the authorized D.A.S. Audio dealer in Zhejiang Province, was contracted to design and install the theatre's new sound system. With logistical assistance from D.A.S. Audio's Hong Kong office, the Dongpo Theatre's new sound system was designed to include loudspeakers from the Aero Series 2 and Artec product groups.
The house mains consist of 16 D.A.S. Audio Aero 12A powered, 2-way, mid-high line array elements—flown 8 cabinets per side. An additional 4 Aero 12A loudspeakers are used for front fill. For low frequency support, 4 D.A.S. LX-218A powered subwoofers—each with two 18-inch transducers—are ground stacked, two cabinets per side in a left-right configuration. Twelve D.A.S. Audio Artec 28 2-way enclosures are provided for surround fills throughout the theatre. A D.A.S. Audio DSP-4080 4 In / 8 Out signal processor handles loudspeaker management responsibilities.
Eduardo Lopez, D.A.S. Audio Hong Kong's Operations Manager, commented on the recent installation, “The Performance Theatre industry in China is very active and relevant, and for D.A.S. Audio to establish a collaboration with one of the leading companies in this sector is a milestone achievement for our speaker systems in this kind of application. Our active, compact line arrays, which are easy to install and set up, do not detract from the grand appearance of the stage, yet they provide outstanding audio performance and represent a good option for this type of venue. The diversity of performances and music played in this theatre match perfectly well with the variety of applications our line arrays are designed to support, so I am confident there is a good future for D.A.S. Audio.”
Installation of the Dongpo Theatre's new sound system was completed this past June and, since that time, Gold Coast Company management reports they are very pleased with the results. “D.A.S. Audio is a company that exhibits professionalism, honesty, and integrity,” notes Ms. Han. “We appreciate their enthusiastic service and support and, of course, the high quality sound of the company's loudspeakers. I sincerely hope Gold Coast and D.A.S. Audio will establish a reliable partnership and, together, further develop the Chinese entertainment market.”
About D.A.S. Audio
Celebrating 40 years of innovation, Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio is one of the world's leading manufacturers of loudspeaker systems, power amplification, signal processing, and related components. D.A.S. Audio products are found on tour with the world's greatest performing artists and installed in many of the most prestigious facilities. For additional information about D.A.S. Audio, visit the company online at www.dasaudio.com.
Photo Info: Image of the Dongpo Theatre.