The monumental Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore features extensive use of JBL loudspeakers.
Photo Credit: Angelo Juan Ramos
NORTHRIDGE, California â€“ The newly completed Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore is monumental in size and scope â€“ it is the worldâ€™s most expensive standalone casino property and includes a 2,561-room hotel, a convention and exhibition center, a museum, shops, restaurants and a casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. Marina Bay Sandsâ€™ distributed-audio background music system is equally impressive, with more than 6,000 HARMAN JBL ControlÂ® Contractor Series loudspeakers installed throughout the resort, along with more than 100 Crown amplifiers, 75 BSS Audio processors and hundreds of miles of cable.
The audio system uses a variety of JBL Control Series loudspeakers including the Control 47C/T and 47LP medium-format ceiling speakers, 26CT small-format ceiling speakers
and 328C large-format ceiling speakers, 126WT in-wall speakers, 28T and 25AV indoor/outdoor speakers, CRV wall-mount speakers and JBL CBT 50LA column speakers.
The speakers were installed using custom mounting hardware and custom grilles that were painted in a wide variety of colors, to match the dÃ©cor of a particular location and ensure that the speakers blended invisibly with their environment.
â€œOne of the biggest selling points of the JBL loudspeakers for Marina Bay Sands was the wider dispersion and smoother off-axis roll-off,â€? said Rodney Houston, Regional Sales Director, Asia, HARMAN Professional. â€œThis actually enabled the Sands to use less ceiling speakers in the system, thereby reducing the overall cost without compromising the sound.â€?
The various JBL Control Series models were chosen for their suitability to a particular installation application. The Control 47C/T 6.5-inch in-ceiling speaker provides extended bass, along with a wide 120-degree coverage area that allows fewer speakers to cover a larger space, with an even tonal balance on- and off-axis. Because of their shallower depth, the Control 26CT and Control 47LP 6.5-inch in-ceiling models were used in areas with less available mounting depth.
A number of JBL Control CBT 50LA column speakers were used in the hotel atrium. The CBT 50LAâ€™s sleek, slim-profile design enables it to blend in with its surroundings, while its Constant Beamwidth Technology overcomes the limitations of traditional column design (narrower coverage at higher frequencies) by maintaining a specific coverage over a very wide bandwidth, with consistent frequency response at every distance as well as on- and off-axis.
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets â€“ supported by 15 leading brands including AKGÂ®, Harman KardonÂ®, InfinityÂ®, JBLÂ®, LexiconÂ® and Mark LevinsonÂ®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,800 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.5 billion for the twelve months ended December 31, 2010. The Companyâ€™s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.