So, another show has come to a conclusion with what I would call a very successful demo overall in case of the Alcons Pro-Ribbon Immersive Experience. Sure, it´s not as polished as some of the others (Procella & JBL for example, and by all means; kudos to both of these for a very proper setup!), but at least we cut demo sessions from 60 to 30 mins and tried to keep the introductions a bit shorter than before.
So, for this year, Alcons presented their new prototype version of a 90x120 degree waveguide for their smaller CRMSc H+V speakers, and six of these were used in the ceiling (Atmos layout). As these were 3D-printed waveguide prototypes I guess no final conclusion should be made, but as far as I could tell, they seemed to work quite fine. Being able to combine a "ribbon" (in this case a proprietary 800W peak power handling "on steroids" pro variant of one) with this kind of dispersion is really a good thing for what might be often be a challenge; low ceilings. Also, please notice that the dispersion specified is doing so at a full 1-20kHz range!
The new 18" CRMS subs performed great as well, but a new 15" is also released now, and both are available in slim "baffle wall" versions as well as those default ones.
This year we were in luck with the content I´d say; two very nice movies were just released prior to the show - Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born. I´d say especially that cut from The Star is Born when Lady Gaga does her first concert with mr. knight in shining armour is such a powerful scene and really made an emotional impression on a lot of folks - me included...
All-in-all, I´m still a 110% Alcons fan & enthusiast - sure, it does come at somewhat of a cost, but it is also performing accordingly. It´s not priced as I would refer to as "ridiculous" at least, and the fact that it does perform on such level on everything from Beethoven to Deepwater Horizon to musicals and rock concerts just never ceases to amaze me!!
Now heading home, CEDIA would be next time they do the Pro Ribbon Experience, and hopefully I´m still (a small) part of the fun!