Goldenduck installs Harman audio systems at MBO Starling Mall in Kuala Lumpur

Technology and New Products

Goldenduck International recently outfitted the newly opened MBO The Starling Mall in the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Petaling Jaya with end-to-end cinema surround audio systems by Harman Professional Solutions.

Founded in 2005, MBO Cinemas operates 27 complexes across Malaysia, making it the third-largest cinema chain in the nation. The new facility at The Starling Mall offers a wide range of moviegoing experiences, with such formats such as MBO Big Screen, MBO Premier, MBO MX4D and MBO Kecil. MBO Cinemas hired cinema sound integrator Goldenduck International to outfit MBO The Starling’s ten rooms with premium cinema audio systems. Goldenduck selected a complete cinema audio system by Harman, comprised of JBL ScreenArray Series cinema speakers and Crown amplifiers.     

“We are extremely honored to be involved with MBO’s flagship project at Starling Mall,” said Sittiporn Srisanguansakul, owner of Goldenduck. “MBO asked us to design audio systems for each theatre that would provide guests with consistent and impactful cinematic audio at every seat. We used JBL Screen Array speakers to achieve that goal, resulting in an immersive audio experience for all guests at Starling MBO.”

The Harman system installed in the large-format MBO Big Screen theatre includes 27 JBL 4732 ScreenArray three-way cinema speakers. The speakers are supplemented by 27 JBL 4732M/HF mid- and high-frequency speakers, while 27 JBL 4739 low-frequency cinema speakers deliver powerful low-end response. All of the Harman systems are fitted with Second Generation Optimized Aperture Waveguide technology.

“At MBO Cinemas we want to offer our patrons a comfortable, exciting and memorable experience. MBO the Starling offers the latest in cinematic experiences such as Big Screen, the first MX4D hall in Malaysia, the first kids’ hall Kecil in Malaysia and Premier hall. We are happy to be associated with JBL and thank Golden Duck for their customer service,” said Enghee Lim, CEO of MBO Cinemas.

The MBO Premier theatre is outfitted with five JBL 5742 four-way speakers, five 5742M/HF speakers and five 5749 low-frequency speakers. The remaining eight theatres are outfitted with a combination of 118 JBL 9300 two-way cinema surround speakers, 38 JBL 9310 surround speakers and 36 JBL 4645C 18-inch subwoofers. Crown DSI 2000 and DSI 4000 amplifiers power all speaker systems in the complex.

“We’re thrilled to provide an immersive cinematic audio experience for moviegoers at MBO The Starling,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP and general manager, Harman Professional Solutions, APAC. “We thank Goldenduck for their strong leadership, excellent customer service and relationship-driven approach in the cinema industry."