Ashly powers Verdi Viale health and fitness centre
JAPAN: A brand new two-storey, purpose built health and fitness centre in the Japanese suburb Yotsukaido has been outfitted with individual audio systems for each of its three studios ? a cardio studio, yoga studio and a machine room. Tokyo-based Morimoto Naniwa Sound Projects Co Ltd was tasked with providing 'powerful' sound at Verdi Viale for background music and instructor reinforcement, opting for One Systems loudspeakers with Ashly amplifiers.
In addition to tackling intelligibility issues borne out of the building's large number of glass walls and wall-length mirrors, Kazuhiko Hosoi, president of S and A Planning Co, was enlisted to oversee the installation and ensure the system blended invisibly into Verdi Viale's sleek interior design. 'This aspect of the job is very important in Japan. There is a premium placed on making sure everything in the interior design is consistent, and Mr Hosoi has a lot of experience making sound and video systems work with the interior designs of restaurants and retail stores,' stated Masaki Morimoto, co-owner of Morimoto Naniwa Sound Projects, who, along with Makoto Akashi, helped select the sound reinforcement products, specified their placement and tuned the installed system.
'The main purpose of the system is to allow for background music or for programme music with instructor reinforcement,' he added. 'Most of the facility is surrounded by glass walls, which led to long reverberation times. Of course, intelligibility was very important, and it was necessary to maintain perfect, undistorted fidelity. Ashly amplifiers are excellent in this regard, and Ashly's reliability would allow Verdi Viale to operate without interruption.'
Each of the three spaces is now home to a four-channel Ashly nX4004 amplifier capable of delivering 400W to four One Systems 108im full-range loudspeakers. 'The large-format compression driver of the 108im contributes to the high intelligibility of the system despite the reverberant character of the glass walls,' Mr Morimoto added. 'Also, the one-to-one pairing of loudspeakers with amplifier channels allows the system to operate with plenty of headroom for undistorted playback. In addition, the Ashly amplifiers are robust to the area's poor power supply ? most commercial facilities have less than 100V AC and there is no grounding point. Despite this, the Ashly amplifiers perform reliably and sound excellent.'