On your ICE Website you mention a 15 Seat Ice Screening Room with a ProAudioTech 103kw behemoth of a system, would you be able to divulge any info as to its setup and configuration? I am just curious, should I ever win a the Euromillions. The Lawrence of Arabia Cinema looks amazing, is that a live project?
That room has been designed as a "showcase" room for a middle eastern client. As a showcase he was unsure on the number of seats to go for hence the original design as shown on the site. The smaller number of seats allowed us to push the performance and limit the floorspace to allow a two channel room to also go in.
The audio system is obviously designed around PRO Audio Tech speakers and amps and DataSat processing giving support for everything except Atmos.
Surrounds are all 2215 models and you can see their planned locations in the Lawrence cinema. The elaborate ceiling allows to incorporate all of the various height channels thanks to the flexibility of the 2215.
The goal is to deliver consistent performance regardless of the size of the space hence the result we can deliver in ICE No1 which is a relatively compact 7.5x5x2.3m approx.
ICE No1 will have its full Auro 3d installed early next week and can't wait. We have been really surprised by the benefits of upmixed 9.1 (PLIIz) and expect an even better experience when the effects fill the entire height space rather than being front loaded.
When we started this process we knew one of the challenges would be the noise and heat put out by the projector. You need a big housing and hence the ICE-Cube was born.
Rather than have a big functional but ugly box we have run with a fully custom solution with equipment storage, integrated air handling and full power management. The design lets you have some fun - the blue light effect from the cinema is picked up all over our cube and the LEDs pulse on and off. The stuff in the cube is the heartbeat of the system hence the beat of the lights...you get the idea. Functionally the lights switch to red when playback is happening which is great for showroom (or show off) application.
The housing is dark acrylic which allows the projector to be seen while keeping some mystery. As another touch, we back project on to the acrylic the ICE logo and some other bits. Yes our projector housing contains another projector simply to allow us to back project a logo!!!
Remember that ICE means individual cinema experience. Everything is tailored to the client and project requirements meaning the ice cube would be tailored to fit the project whilst retaining the required technical elements.
The cube pictures need to be watermarked so I will get some on here next week.
I fnally have a chance to upload the shots here. We have been stunningly impressed with the Auro 3D experience, for me this adds more to the party than 3D video at this stage.
When I was assessing implementing AURO on my moons two things complicated things.
Is the processor integrated into the Datasat now or do you still rely on the outboard PC unit? Particularly challenging (since I wanted to use it mostly in the upscale mode) was the fact that the AURO PC boots into cinema mode and every time that you would fire the system you would have to grab a mouse and select 5.1 to 12.? UPSCALING on the computer. The automation of that seemed a bit complicated. You could leave the pc on, but it would eventually reset.
The other issue I found trouble with is that the system uses speakers up high and down on the floor, in a movie theater there is room, but on a stadium seating reverse trapagon home cinema there is no room for the rear floor speakers, the workaround I could not visualise.
I am sure your system rocks, but you are essentially leaving those channels out, ye?