Harman has recently installed sound solutions at a house of worship – the Global Vipassana Pagoda in Mumbai. The Pagoda serves as a monument of peace and harmony and seats over 8000 people, and sees more than 800,000 visitors annually. It is built using ancient Indian technology to enable it to last for a thousand years. The inside of the Pagoda is hollow with the highest point in the inner dome at 29 m. It has mid-frequency reverberation time of more than 8 seconds.
The interior of the Pagoda does not allow any acoustic treatment. The administration was looking for an audio solution, which could also be used as a PA system. However, the biggest challenge was to cover the 15-acre area with weather-resistant sound solutions providing seamless and high-quality sound.
Using Harman's digital directivity control (DDC) and digital directivity synthesis (DDS) technologies, the company installed two DS500 loudspeakers near the periphery of the dome, spaced 10 m apart from each other. The loudspeakers cover the whole floor area in an even way, providing uniform coverage and excellent speech intelligibility in the Pagoda.
It has been a year now since the Harman systems have been functioning at Global Vipassana Pagoda. Resembling the main Pagoda, there is a small Pagoda north of the main dome, a stone construction with similar acoustical challenges as the main Pagoda. It is located near a creek in Mumbai, thus exposing it to harsh weather conditions. Long-lasting and weather-resistant sound solutions from Harman, the AWC82 loudspeakers were chosen.