The Cinema Apollon in Struer, Denmark has installed the country's first Dolby Atmos surround-sound system, powered by the country's first DriveCore Install (DCi) Series amplifiers from Harman brand Crown.
Dolby Atmos surround-sound technology employs overhead loudspeakers as well as traditional surround speakers to create an immersive sonic environment. Up to 64 speakers can be used to heighten the realism and impact of cinema sound. The Cinema Apollon is the first to feature the CP850 Dolby Atmos Cinema Processor.
Harman Professional distributor LydRommet Denmark worked with Danish cinema design firm AVC Kino Digital and Dolby technical staff in London in designing and specifying the system for the 180-seat space. Dolby Atmos criteria included maximum SPL levels for every speaker in the installation. LydRommet Denmark supplied Crown DCi amplifier models 8|300, 4|600 and 4|300, as well as JBL ScreenArray 3732 main speakers and 4642A subwoofers, model 8350 cinema surround speakers and two JBL 4645C subwoofers for low-frequency reinforcement at the rear of the cinema.
The Crown amps were specified for their ability to deliver clean, powerful sound from a compact 2U design, noted Flemming Bjerke of LydRommet. “The Dolby Atmos specification requires 105dB peak SPL at the reference point in the theatre, and one of the biggest challenges we had with the system was achieving this spec with enough headroom,” said Bjerke. “DCi is such a high-quality amplifier range that it is a perfect match for Dolby Atmos.”
Bjerke emphasised how exciting it was to work with the experts from AVC and Dolby in creating the first Dolby Atmos system in Denmark, stating, “Listening to the final result is a real joy and the Dolby Atmos technology and concept definitely take the experience of going to movie theatres to a much higher level.”