While one of the highlights of attending CEDIA is the opportunity to experience a plethora of over-the-top surround-sound demos, typically the prices of such systems are also in the stratosphere. For 2016, Pro Audio Technology has decided to assemble a 9.1.4 Dolby Atmos configuration (with a 9.2.4 speaker system) using comparatively affordable components, which the company says will allow dealers to related to their business while still providing the company signature sound that is focused on "expansive dynamics and visceral energy."
The company will showcase its architectural speaker products in the demo. Three SCRS-26im invisible-mount loudspeakers behind the screen serving as left, center, and right front channels. These speakers are equipped with dual six-inch woofers and a 1-inch compression driver mounted on an elliptical constant-directivity horn. The woofers get 560 W of power and have a 99 dB sensitivity rating.
The side and rear surrounds are comprised of six SCRS-6im speakers that are similar to the SCRS-26im, except for using only one 6-inch woofer instead of two. Peak output is rated at 116 dB/W/m.
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For the four overhead speakers that handle the height channels, Pro Audio Technology chose its smallest speaker, the SCRS-5iw. It pairs a elliptical horn-mounted compression driver with a 5-inch woofer
"Showing a cost-no-object state-of-the-art system is exciting, but not always something that every dealer can relate to as part of their business" said Larry Reagan, co-owner and VP of Sales at Pro Audio. "The ability to bring those same sonic attributes to a system that many dealers can sell every month, is what sets PRO apart. We specialize in powerful, but highly refined systems that can be easily integrated into media rooms and multi-purpose rooms. This year, we are demonstrating a moderately priced Dolby Atmos system that can be a go-to solution for a broad range of installation applications."
I checked out the demo at the show and it did indeed have great fidelity, with the crispness and impact you'd expect from a five-figure system. It may not have had the over-the-top sheer power of some mega-systems the company has shown in the past, but my shirt was flapping from the impact of the bass, as we watched a clip from Unbreakable that averaged 100 dB (C-weighted) from my seat.