Mann’s Chinese gets “3-D sound” system

posted by danpetitpas on December 5, 2008 at 8:05 am

HOLLYWOOD, A — Iosono, a spinoff of Germany’s Frauhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology, has installed its first “3-D sound” system in Mann’s Chinese 6’s digital theater.

The system uses 380 speakers set six inches apart around the walls of the auditorium. Iosono explained that it uses “wavefield synthesis” to envelop the audience with sound. It can play regular movie soundtracks as well as those specially mixed for the sustem.

The system is expected to cost about 30% more than a “good” 5.1 surround sound system as well as additional installation costs.

It was shown off during last week as part of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers' Technical Conference.

Read more in The Hollywood Review.

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KenLayton on December 5, 2008 at 1:39 pm

380 speakers and all it takes is one blown one to screw the whole thing up.

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