about the project.
To create the best retail sound experience and the very first Embodied Audio system in a retail setting, we joined up with J’Bez, a barbershop that just opened a new location on campus at University of California, Riverside (UCR). Since our roots stem from UCR, we saw this as the perfect opportunity to share the next evolution in sound experiences with our alma mater.
J’Bez features a handcrafted audio system that provides an immersive and full-bodied sound experience creating a shop-wide sweet spot that captivates the interest of customers as soon as they walk into the shop.
“It’s one of the best features of our new shop and we love explaining it to people. The reaction we get when customers experience it for the first time is our favorite part. It’s exciting knowing we have an exclusive audio system from EDGE Sound Research in our business." - Gerson Lemus
Handcrafting the j'bez experience
We wanted to create a one-of-a-kind sound experience for J’Bez that allowed their customers to enjoy incredible high fidelity sound anywhere in the shop while still enjoying conversation with their barbers. To create a captivating sound experience that wouldn’t draw attention away from the shop’s modern atmosphere, we configured a single, solid strip of distributed mode loudspeaker (DML) panels that surround the shop’s ceiling. These panels gently emanate a surround sound experience using custom-built subwoofers strategically placed throughout the shop. We drove it home by hooking up the shop with the world’s most brutal soundbar that features 8 balanced mode radiators (BMR). This, combined with the waiting area’s custom ResonX-powered couch, delivers up to 800 watts of a full-range tactile and audible experience that is sure to give unsuspecting customers an out-of-body experience.
20x Custom Designed 20W Distributed Mode Loudspeaker (DML) panels
3x Custom 100W J’Bez Subwoofers
30” x 1/8” x 4”
9” x 12” x 12.5”
36Hz to 19kHz
500W HF + 300W LF Class D
Bluetooth, 3.5mm Line In
Balanced Exciters with built-in 4-post suspension and dual layer 32mm voice coils
6.5” Kevlar cone woofer driver with 4-layer voice coil
8 x 50W Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) drivers
2 x 200W Low Frequency Tactile Transducers
43.10” x 3.125” x 4.79”
9Hz to 20kHz
Tactile Range 9 - 1200Hz
Audible Range 50 - 20kHz
400W Soundbar + 400W Couch Class D
Bluetooth, 3.5mm Line-In
Balanced Mode Radiators that combine pistonic and chaotic excitation for smooth full frequency response
Tactile Transducers designed for rugged reproduction of low frequency vibrations, expertly tuned to bring out higher tactile frequencies.
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