Tachikawa Cinema Two upgrades to Leopard
JAPAN: New twin Meyer Sound Leopard arrays have been installed for the left and right channels at Tokyo’s Tachikawa Cinema Two. The project was handled by the manufacturer’s local dealer, ARTWIZ (formerly ATL) of Tokyo.
Theater 1, the largest auditorium in the Cinema Two complex, seats 382 and also features a Sony SRX-R320 digital cinema projector and a 4.45m x 10.5m silver screen. Prior to the renovation, the audio system was anchored by Meyer Sound MTS-4A main loudspeakers, 650-P subwoofers and UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers as surrounds.
The new screen channels comprise left and right arrays of six Leopard loudspeakers flown under a 900-LFC subwoofer, with a hidden centre array of eight Leopard cabinets also suspended under a single 900-LFC element. Additional LFE power comes from two 1100-LFCs, while 12 HMS-12 surround loudspeakers are deployed around the room’s perimeter. A further four MM-4XP loudspeakers provide enhanced sonic detail for the rearmost seats. The new system was a staged installation, with the 1100-LFC elements arriving in 2015, the Leopard arrays installed in 2016 and the new HMS-12 surrounds completing the project.
‘Our goal in choosing a Leopard system was to exceed the ordinary level of cinema sound. We designed our sound system to precisely and faithfully reproduce the sound as recorded on the mixing stage,’ commented Takeshi Toyama, head of the planning office at Tachikawa Cinema City. ‘We have gained a reputation for sonic realism beyond that which can be heard in other theatres. Our audience numbers were up 30% in 2015 over the previous year, and in 2016 the numbers extended even further. Of course, this is not due only to improving sound quality, but we have no doubt that the Meyer Sound system has proven its ability to add depth and subtlety to the cinema experience.’
The Leopards arrays were reportedly a particular sensation during a recent re-screening of Mad Max: Fury Road. ‘It was a huge success,’ recalled Mr Toyama. ‘Fans were taking pictures of Leopard and 1100-LFC and uploading them to Twitter and Instagram.’