Yesterday while i was helping suspend a IMAX screen at a new IMAX theater coming up in central Texas and looking down the almost 80 feet to the floor below, something made me think. Gravity - did you notice the "overhead flies" sequence? Wow. The name of this thread says it all. As this experience of Gravity overhead files, was in a auditorium just like the one this IMAX will occupy. Maybe not as big or tall, but big all the same. Then another thought came to mind while i was descending the scaffolding, 2K or the complete lack of it for any consumer product. Look how long DCP had 1080P before the consumer markets did? Most consumer markets were stuck at HD 720P for years and years while Barco, NEC, Christie, Sony showed 1080P movies at digital cinemas around the globe. By the time the consumer end got it's hand on 1080P, the above mentioned were stroking out 2K projectors and upgrades and now 4K. Now the consumer side was completely skipped and devoid of anything 2K related. Despite the praise of Blu-Ray and HD-DVD that was "supposed" to give the consumers 2K video, puttered out in a back room meeting and instead stuck strongly with 1080P video and constant width formats, that gave everyone the nice black bars on top and bottom of there movie, simply because, it was the cheap way out. Now 4K consumer is showing on the horizon, and 8K cinema is now a reality thanks to laser projection. See were i am going with this? What is in the theater and what is available for the home will never be the same. D-BOX was 15 years in the cinema before it launched a consumer platform.
There are several sound engineers and those in that field who are slamming Dolby home Atmos for nothing more than a reconfigured version of Dolby Pro Logic IIz. And i know nothing but what i read about it. I am sure Auro may be guilty of the same thing. Before me and 21 other riggers pulled the screen up, i set around for a couple hours while the guys from IMAX and Quested positioned loudspeakers that were from 4 to 8 feet tall into place behind the screen. I could walk into the center speakers, it was huge, same with the subs. Once the screen was positioned and properly aligned and before it was painted, the sound guys were doing there commissioning of the sound system. Larry, with Imax ask me to sit in the middle of the theater, i said sure. It was called simply a 3D sound test that was used to calibrate and set up volume levels for dozens of speakers scared here and there. Some of the sounds that were recorded for this is just simply amazing. The favorite one for me was the "Hey' recording. Imagine your sitting in a room with 300 other people standing all around you, and they start off saying "Hey" every second, from each person in no random order. My neck was hurting trying to "see" the speaker the 'hey" was coming from. It reminded me of the first X-Men movie that had Logan running down the halls with Xavier asking were you going. Fantastic.
I'm am, since yesterday, 100 percent convinced Atmos or Auro will never be at home what it is in the big screen. Just not going to happen in a billion years. Forget about it.