JBL has announced that four complete JBL Synthesis Atlas multichannel audio systems have been specified for custom-built theatre installations at the 60th Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes), which will take place May 16-27 in Cannes, France.
The systems, which will be the largest-scale JBL Synthesis installations ever to be used atthe festival, will be employed in one 76-seat, one 25-seat and two 40-seat theatres to be specially built at the elegant Hotel Gray d'Albion in Cannes. For the fourth year in a row, JBL systems have been chosen by the MarchÈ du Film, the world's largest international film market, which is part of the Festival de Cannes organisation.
In addition, JBL Cinema Sound multichannel loudspeaker systems, Harman Kardon high-performance audio/video components and AKG headphones will be used in three screening rooms and 28 video-on-demand booths that will screen films for the festival's Short Film Corner, a forum for the nearly 2000 short films to be featured at Cannes.
Paul Bente, president of the Home Products Division of Harman Consumer Group, states: "Conveying an emotionally compelling and involving experience is what the cinema - and JBL - is all about. We are proud to be an official partner of the MarchÈ du Film/Festival de Cannes and provide them with better-than-ever audio systems that deliver spectacular theatre sound."
The THX Ultra-certified JBL Synthesis Atlas systems for the Hotel Gray d'Albion installations feature SK2-1000 loudspeakers for the left, centre, right and surround channels, and S1S-EX 18-inch subwoofers. Each system's electronics include the SDP-40 HD digital surround processor/system controller and SDEC-3000 digital equalizer, in addition to S800 two-channel x 200-watt power amplifiers, S7150 seven-channel x 150-watt power amplifiers, and custom S3000IC interconnect kits.
To deliver extraordinary big-screen picture quality, the installations will include Screen Research projection screens and Christie Digital Systems high-definition projectors. Version Direct, a Lyon-based audio/video integration specialist, will install the systems.