JBL Professional today announced the DSi 2.0 Series cinema amplifiers, the first ever JBL branded cinema amplifiers. The DSi 2.0 Series builds on the legacy of Crown DSi Series amplifiers to combine the DSP of Crown’s CDi DriveCore Series amps with a new high-power design to deliver superior efficiency, reliability and audio fidelity. The DSi 2.0 Series includes three power configurations—350W, 700W and 1,200W—available in analog and analog-plus-digital versions with Dante/AES67 and SNMP connectivity.
Speakers & Amps
QSC has introduced the SR-800 and SR-1000 surround loudspeakers, designed as a cost-effective solution for use in typical small-to-medium sized 5.1/7.1 cinemas. The company says the new surround loudspeakers deliver high-quality sound performance and product features at a new, economical price point.
Mag Cinema has introduced Direct AES and Network Amplifiers, designed for use with the Mag cinema speaker series to create a new versatile signal distribution and amplification platform for cinemas. Based on many years of experience in cinema installations, DANA features smart, efficient design while providing advanced possibilities for theaters.
The 23rd Openlucht (Open Air) Film Festival in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands presented seven nights of blockbuster movies with 3.1 cinema sound provided by a Meyer Sound Leopard linear sound reinforcement system. Recently acquired by Aukes Theatertechniek of Amsterdam, the Leopard system delivered power and clarity for nightly audiences of 1,500 in a secluded forest meadow outside the city. Covering an audience area 40 meters wide by 60 meters deep were full-range left, center, and right channels of four Leopard line array loudspeakers each, supported by an under-screen array of six 900-LFC low-frequency control elements.
Blaine Stewart first started in the industry on audio crew and as mixer’s assistant for The Donnie & Marie Show at the Osmond family’s studio in Orem, Utah, in 1978. By 1986, he was back in his native L.A. working at different audio post facilities as well as mixing production for shows such as Circus of the Stars and Alf. In 2000, he opened his own post-production facility, Post Plus Sound, in Burbank, and in 2010 he moved PPS to the Salt Lake City area and renamed it The Stewdio.
In a technology tour that covered several U.S. cities last week, Dolby executives provided an overview on the evolution of its Atmos sound platform in both professional and home markets. Among the highlights was the news that Dolby has developed two new technologies for home theatres and this year will unveil the first loudspeaker to carry the Dolby logo.
QSC Audio Products has introduced the newest member of the SR Series surround loudspeaker family, the SR-1290. In response to new audio requirements created by immersive sound formats, the SR-1290 offers high power output, more flexible mounting options, and outstanding sonic performance in a stylish, cost-effective, compact loudspeaker enclosure.
Location Sound completed their largest Q1 sale to Sony Picture Studio’s Culver City, California, which is undergoing a revamp of its production facility. Sony’s purchase of eight live sound consoles—five Soundcraft Vi4s, one Soundcraft Vi6, and two Yamaha CL5s— will be used for audience sound reinforcement as well as recording of production dialog.
With its imposing Art Deco exterior, the Pathé Tuschinski in Amsterdam is The Netherlands’ most prestigious cinema. Inside it has been restored to its original 1920s glory, while at the same time being extended and modernized to satisfy the expectations of 21st century filmgoers. The latest phase has included the installation of a custom Alcons Audio system.
Harman’s JBL Professional has introduced its 9320 Cinema Surround loudspeaker, a large-format loudspeaker designed for high power handling, extended bass response and wide dynamic range in professional cinema applications