Its popularity in western countries may have been largely transitory, but karaoke is still a huge attraction in the Far East, with high specification facilities providing entertainment for many thousands of people.
The latest karaoke - or KTV - clubs has recently been unveiled in China, with Apex Intelli-X48 processors at their heart.
Dalian Wanda Group is one of China’s biggest real estate development companies, with the construction of many hotels and other high profile facilities to its name.
The hotels are managed by a range of global chains - including Hilton, Sofitel, Intercontinental and Crown Plaza.
In 2008 Apex audio processors were recommended for use in a Sofitel-managed hotel’s private KTV club. Supplied via local distributor Budee Technology Development Co. Ltd, the system has proved a great success and so Apex Intelli-X48 processors were specified for Wanda Group’s latest KTV project.
This was opening public KTV clubs in the country’s Super Star discount retail stores and has been rolled out in large and medium-sized cities throughout eight Chinese provinces,
For these systems, Wanda Group engineers looked at a range of audio equipment and chose systems which comprise Apex Intelli-X48 processors, plus Outline speakers and Lab Gruppen amplifiers, all supplied by Budee.
“During the evaluation phase, our system was considered the best by Wanda’s technical engineers, with the sound of the Intelli-X48 being described as especially good,” says Budee’s Amelia Pei.
The first phase of the project was completed in December 2010, but Wanda Group is now planning to build Super Stars KTV clubs in other provinces, which Budee is looking forward to supplying more systems for. These will also feature Apex processors.
“We are very pleased that Wanda Group has been so impressed with APEX processors,” adds Apex marketing manager Jeroen Sierjacobs.
“Budee has put together an excellent system featuring our processors and it is gratifying that they are such an important part of these KTV installations, by one of China’s highest profile development companies.”