Munro Design for Dolbys New HQ Screening Room

Date: 12/07/2012
Munro Design for Dolbys New HQ Screening Room

Dolby Europe Limited has moved into its new headquarters building in Soho Square, London.A major feature of the new flagship facility is a brand new 70 seat preview theatre designed by Munro Acoustics and equipped to playback the new Dolby® Atmos cinema audio platform. Designed to be a reference theatre for both sound and picture, the d©cor is deliberately neutral to enable colour balances to be assessed.

Hubert Henle. Senior Director, Content Services at Dolby explained: We engaged Munro Acoustics very early in this project so they were able to advise us on the location of the room as well as other technical issues before we started. I feel this helped things to run very smoothly and I am very happy with the outcome. When we first designed the room we also had to allow for our new Dolby Atmos format, which, at the time was still in development, so the process involved careful planning, particularly in relation to the location of the speakers. The result is the most transparent room equipped for Atmos that I have heard.

The new room contains no less than 36 JBL speakers, 26 of which are for surround purposes. Other equipment includes a Christie 4K digital projector, Kinoton film projector, 28 stereo Crown amplifiers and a Dolby Lake EQ system. The room can handle every format of film and video as well as video conferencing.

As well as a demonstration room, the theatre will be used for commercial events, corporate screenings, client tests and for previewing early cinema mixes.

Munro Acoustics Technical Director Chris Walls added: As a studio designer it was hugely gratifying to be approached by Dolby to design their new London reference theatre. The Soho Square building presented some architectural and acoustic challenges, but our design team certainly rose to the occasion. The result is an incredibly accurate theatre that demonstrates the potential of the Dolby Atmos format.



Tags: DOLBY | Atmos | Munro Acoustics | Acoustics | screening | cinema | acoustic design
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