I recently went to CEDIA 2019 and discovered a company called Cortex VIP Cinemas at the Pro Audio Technology Sound Room (SR6). They offer something truly unique for the affluent private theater owner that standard consumer based products and companies just cannot offer. Until recently, I didn’t even know such a product was available for individuals and their families.
What makes this Cortex VIP Cinema different than a typical home theater system designer and installer?
Instead of selling and installing the typical Theta Digital, Datasat (ATI), or Trinnov they can actually install the real Dolby Cinema Processors that are used in high end commercial cinema’s like Dolby Vision theaters!
The Dolby processor on display was the Dolby CP850-C, is it a 64 channel Dolby Atmos Cinema processor that can apply the cinema renderer to a standard Home Dolby Atmos Mixed Blu-Ray or Ultra High Definition Blu-Ray disk to offer full 64 channel capabilities. In addition to that, you can have Cortex VIP Cinema install a Dolby Cinema Server into your private theater you can access the Dolby Atmos Cinema mix from the same movie source that commercial cinema's use.
Why is this important?
For compatibility and processing requirements Dolby and its production studio’s had to reduce the size, bandwidth, and total object count for the home releases by grouping many Atmos objects into just a few objects moving around the scene. As an example, they might take 118 Objects (maximum cinema object count) and cram them into 6 moving objects for the home mix!!! That’s a substantial reduction!
The Dolby Processor that Cortex VIP Cinema used at the show can read the actual cinema mix metadata from a Dolby Cinema Server source and process the channels as they were intended to be processed. As completely separate objects not bound to the location of other moving objects.
To work within the limits of the disk media and consumer products processing capabilities the studio’s and Dolby had to lower the audio bit rate to just a few Mbps, 6-7Mbit from the commercial cinema’s 90-100Mbit!
So, if you are fortunate enough to be able to also purchase a corresponding Dolby cinema server you can gain access to the day and date release of the big blockbuster movies and unlock the full 118 objects with the full audio resolution and bandwidth up to that 100Mbps!
While at the Pro Audio Technology sound room, they ran a few Kaleidescape Dolby Atmos clips and I walked away very impressed by the actual object separation and felt they easily had the best immersive audio demonstration of CEDIA when compared to the other sound rooms normal demo clips.
So I just wanted to share with you something new and unique from CEDIA this year.