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Alcons Audio, Dolby Add Top-Notch Sound to Cinema’s Big-Screen Visuals

The Alcons Audio system, complete with Dolby Atmos, offers high quality audio to CinemaxX Mannheim movie-goers, which boasts one of the largest movie screens in Germany.

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Kino 10 of CinemaxX Mannheim boasts one of the largest screens in Baden-Württemberg, with it commanding a total area of 280sqm; but while it promised big visuals, it needed to match that with big audio.

That’s why the company turned to Alcons Audio to install its latest sound system, which comes complete with Dolby Atmos.

The original sound system comprised the following:

  • Three Alcons CRA30n
  • Three Alcons CRA30w three-way Cinemarray Pro-Ribbon screen sound systems, assembled in three stacks (L, C, R) of one CRA30w and CRA30n each
  • LFE was taken care of by four Alcons CB362 (2x 18in) high-output subwoofers
  • For the surround-sound 24 units Alcons CRS8 two-way pro-ribbon surround systems were installed
  • Three Alcons ALC2 2x 1kW and eight Alcons ALC4 2x 2kW Amplified-Loudspeaker Controllers – each with on-board SDP processor modules – drive and control the system

“With the Alcons sound system, we have created in our Kino 10 one of the most modern cinemas in Europe. The professionalism and quality of Alcons has convinced us from the start,” explains Frank Noreiks, CEO of Filmtheaterbetriebe Spickert Entertainment GmbH, the operator of the cinema.

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As part of the Atmos upgrade, numerous Alcons systems have now been added again.

The surround system was expanded with two CB211SL 21in shallow subwoofers, two pro-ribbon CRS12GT (12in LF + 6in pro-ribbon), 14 pro-ribbon CRS12 (12in LF + 4in pro-ribbon), as well as six CCS12 and ten CCS8 (coaxial) surround speakers.

Nine Sentinel3 four-channel amplified loudspeaker controllers with 36 channels were also added to control and drive the system.

The speaker systems have been installed as top surrounds and wall surrounds, according to the Dolby-calculated design. This makes the CinemaxX Mannheim currently the only cinema with Atmos technology on this side of the Rhine in the Rhine-Neckar region.

Frank adds: “Today moviegoers specifically look for upgraded cinemas. To that extent the conversion to the latest technologies offers us a clear competitive advantage. Dolby Atmos for us is the logical development of the already existing Dolby systems in our cinemas such as Dolby 7.1.

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“The addition of additional audio channels creates an even more realistic sound experience for the viewer. It is noteworthy that it’s not about increasing the sound pressure level, but perfecting the sound experience to a higher resolution. “

Both for the initial and the subsequent installation of the loudspeakers Fours GmbH from Heidelberg was commissioned, under the project and installation management of Florian Iser.

On 13 July 2016, the CinemaxX finally celebrated the premiere of the new sound system with Independence Day: Resurgence. Kino 10 is thus today one of the largest Dolby Atmos cinemas in Europe.

Frank concludes: “Our Kino 10 is a cinema of the future – more cinema is not possible! With Alcons, we have the most competent partner on our side to make cinema as progressive as possible.”

This article was originally posted on Commercial Integrator Europe.

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