Kino 10 cinema becomes a template for commercial Dolby Atmos design

posted on Wednesday, 19th October 2016 by Geny Caloisi

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With 700 seats, Germany's Kino 10 cinema is amongst the largest cinemas in Baden-Württemberg, and now it is also the loudest. The 280 square metres CinemaxX Mannheim theatre has been using Alcons’ Cinemarray pro-ribbon system since 2012. Responding to the increased expectations of moviegoers, the operator decided to include Dolby Atmos.

The original sound system comprised three Alcons CRA30n and three Alcons CRA30w 3-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 18”) high-output subwoofers. For the surround-sound 24 units Alcons CRS8 2-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 CinemaxX.

As part of the Atmos upgrade, numerous Alcons systems have been added. The surround system now boosts two CB211SL 21-inch shallow subwoofers, two pro-ribbon CRS12GT (12-inch LF + 6-inch pro-ribbon), 14 pro-ribbon CRS12 (12-inch LF + 4-inch pro-ribbon) as well as six CCS12 and ten CCS8 (coaxial) surround speakers. Nine Sentinel3 4-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. 

Cinema digitisation has set a wave of technological evolutions in motion, facing theatre operators with entirely new challenges. The modern, high-resolution media puts strict requirements on the production chain in general and the performance of the theatre speakers in particular. Complex sound impressions should be reproduced with the finest details at full dynamics - everywhere and in every conceivable application.

The unique Alcons pro-ribbon mid- high frequency transducers, reproduce the original sound of a movie without signal summation, coloration or distortion of sound. 

Noreiks comments, "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.

"The adding 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.

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This summer, CinemaxX premiered of the new sound system with "Independence Day: Resurgence". To do justice to its pioneering role and to make the movie experience even more immersive, the CinemaxX Mannheim went even one step further and installed "Thunder Seats,” adding a forth dimension to the movie by feeling the sound in the whole body.

Noreiks 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. "

Geny Caloisi

Geny Caloisi is an accomplished technology journalist who has worked in a variety of AV industry publications. 

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