Christie Expands Audio Line, Pairs Up With Dolby Atmos

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Christie LA3C line array ceiling surround speaker

Christie in Cypress, Calif., is introducing the Christie LA3C line array ceiling surround and Christie LA3S line array surround speakers, which expand the company’s Christie Vive Audio cinema sound solution that was announced on July 17. Featuring ribbon driver technology combined with a parabolic line array design in a single compact cabinet, the additional speakers promise exceptionally even coverage throughout the auditorium.

As part of the Christie Vive Audio system, they help realize the potential of leading immersive audio technologies such as Dolby Atmos and Auro 3-D audio formats. Christie Vive Audio is the first audio system to be powered by Christie’s wall and ceiling surround speakers, which feature unique ribbon driver technology in a parabolic line array design, purposely crafted and built for the cinema environment. The complete Christie Vive Audio solution includes ceiling surrounds, wall surrounds, screen channel speakers, subwoofers, and Class-D amplifiers. The system is designed for traditional and premium large-format auditoriums, as well as post-production studios and screening rooms.

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Christie LA3S line array surround speaker

The Christie LA3C line array ceiling surround speaker and Christie LA3S line array surround speakers are premium solutions that also meet Christie’s goal of providing exhibitors with the highest quality cinema system at an attainable price point. Recognized for their exceptional timbre-matching, enhanced voice intelligibility and low distortion, the speakers’ parabolic line array design increases the optimal listening area up to four times that of the standard point source systems. The extremely low mass of the ribbon drivers allows them to respond very quickly to audio signals and eliminates the effects of high frequency breakup and power compression, resulting in the reproduction of the source material with exceptional clarity and accuracy.

Christie also announces the world’s first deployment of a complete Christie Vive Audio cinema sound system in an auditorium powered by Dolby Atmos, in Krikorian Premiere Theatres’ Buena Park Metroplex 18 in California.

“Krikorian Theatres are recognized for taking the lead in implementing the first and best technology available to ensure an unrivaled movie-viewing experience for their guests,” says Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. “The combination of a complete Christie Vive Audio system and the award-winning Dolby Atmos audio format heralds a new standard in delivering lifelike, realistic cinema sound and continues Krikorian Theatres’ tradition of bringing the latest, cutting-edge technology to their facilities.”

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The complete Christie Vive Audio System

The 40-channel, cinema-centric line array audio system implemented at Krikorian Theatres includes the Christie LA3C ceiling line array and Christie LA3S wall line array surround speakers. Recognized for their exceptional timbre matching, enhanced voice intelligibility, and low distortion, the speakers’ parabolic line array design increases the optimal listening area up to four times that of the standard point source systems. As fully integrated components of the Christie Vive Audio system, the speakers help unlock the full potential of leading audio technologies such as Dolby Atmos.

“Like Dolby, the hallmark of Christie’s success has been its continuous ability to deliver innovative and groundbreaking solutions to the exhibition market," says Stuart Bowling, director, market development, Dolby Laboratories. "Christie’s latest developments in cinema-specific line array surround speaker technology meet the requirements and performance we strive for in Dolby Atmos auditoriums.”

“We are excited to expand Dolby Atmos to our Buena Park location," says Todd Cummings, vice president of operations, Krikorian Premiere Theatres. "The addition of an integrated Christie Vive Audio solution, combined with the power of Dolby Atmos, ensures a potent combination of sight and sound that will ensure the highest quality movie-going experience for our guests. We were one of the first major exhibitors to offer all-digital screens, and now we are the first to deliver the unrivaled combination of Christie Vive Audio and Dolby Atmos.”

“As the creative community expands the envelope in delivering audiences the most realistic audio experience possible, we’ve developed a series of specific Christie Vive audio products that help exhibitors meet those performance challenges,” says Patrick Artiaga, director, Business Development, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. “By introducing Christie ribbon driver technology through a single-enclosure line array speaker design and Class-D amplification into a cinema environment, we’ve raised the bar in next-generation audio technology and implementation, giving exhibitors like Krikorian Theatres a true competitive edge.”

For more information, visit www.viveaudio.com and www.christiedigital.com.

Learn more about Dolby Atmos at dolby.com/Atmos and in the article "Surround Encoding and Monitoring" from Mix magazine's February 2013 issue.