Datasat outs LS10 audio processor, intros Auro-3D

posted on Thursday, 30th January 2014 by Steve May

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Datasat Digital Entertainment has launched its second custom install-centric audio processor, the LS10, and simultaneously introduced multi-dimensional sound system Auro-3D to the home theatre market. The incoming 'Luxury' grade processor adopts the same form factor as the 'Reference' RS20i, but is more in keeping with familiar AV connectivity, offering 15 labelled XLR channel outputs. "The specification is slightly different to the RS20i but the sound quality is just as outstanding," enthused Datasat CEO Ciaran Doran. The LS10 will be the first in a series of L-grade home theatre components, says the brand.

Two iterations of the new 13.1 channel processor will be available from March. The standard LS10 will retail for £10,000 (or $14,000), and offers support for all current sound formats including Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS Neo:X, while a fully-pimped model with Auro-3D decoding will come with a £3,000 premium.

Connectivity includes 8 HDMI 1.4 inputs and two outputs, plus four digital audio inputs (two coaxial, two optical), two phono inputs and asynchronous USB support. While the new model lacks the DIRAC Live optimisation of the RS20i, the LS10 offers plenty of setup functionality, including a 10- band parametric equalizer and extensive bass management control. It also ships with IR control, and can be driven via VNC on Android or iOS devices.

During the LS10 launch event, Datasat also formerly announced the availability of an Auro 3D decoding card for the RS20i. Auro-3D is a next generation immersive cinema sound format, commonly offering 11.1 channels of audio. The system's debut in the home theatre space this year appears to give it a lead over principal rival Dolby Atmos. While Auro-3D equipped cinemas may be thin on the ground, the format has some heavyweight support. The first Auro-3D mix was on George Lucas's Red Tails, while Dreamworks has committed to launching 15 animated titles in the format, starting with Rise of the Guardians. The technology also has ears on the automotive and games market.

An Auro 3D theatre installation consists of a three layer speaker configuration. The base layer is a standard 5.1 deployment. Layer two comprises four height speakers in each corner of the room. The final layer (optional in smaller venues) is the central Voice of God ceiling speaker. Neil Davidson, of ICE Cinemas, says that some installers have already been pre-wiring for the new speaker configuration in anticipation of availability of decoders.

Steven Van Tongelen, Corporate Vice President of Auro technologies, told Inside CI that at least seven high profile Blu-rays with native Auro-3D sound mixes will be made available this year. The system will also upscale standard 5.1/7.1 sound mixes.

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Also read:
In-depth: Datasat Digital Entertainment tour

Datasat to premiere Auro-3D RS20i processor at ISE 2014

Screen Excellence to demo 4K home theatre at ISE 2014

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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