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Meyer Sound Cinema System Installed in First Cinemas in US

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Meyer Sound is proud to announce the first installation of a Meyer Sound Cinema Experience system in two US-based commercial theatres, located in Gulf Breeze and Pace, Fla. Both systems, at The Breeze and The Ridge Cinemas, will be used for the first time during the opening of Alice in Wonderland on March 5.
http://www.dcinematoday.com/dc/pr.aspx?newsID=1749
 

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Originally Posted by Haroon Malik /forum/post/18253369


I am looking forward to user experiences in these theatres. The Meyer Sound system surely looks striking.

I'm pretty sure that the two venues for live rock concerts in my city both use Meyer speakers (different design to these) for "front stage".
 

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I got some pricing from the company, and these are NOT cheap speakers (well, at least compared to JBL Pro, Klipsch, EAW, etc.). My question is - for anything but the absolute best, showcase commercial cinema (or production environment), what is the point? Don't get me wrong, I think these are amazing products and I would love to have them in my home (well, a large basement system), but not sure if there is a mass-market appeal for multi-plex installs. I'd love if my local theater used something this amazing, but they don't even want to go digital in the remaining theaters.


Some prices I got:


Acheron Studio - $8,500

HMS-10 - $1,870 + controller/amp

X-800C - $6,520


So for a 7.1 home system, you are at about $50k for the speakers (which are active, don't forget that).


Please don't think this is a criticism (especially if the Meyer folks are reading) - just wondering how many cinema owners would spend more than they needed to for the best.
 

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These are not home theatre speakers and it is not hard to spend $250K on a fully equiped cinema, so I'd say $50K is reasonable. Not that my budget allows that.
 

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Please don't think this is a criticism (especially if the Meyer folks are reading) - just wondering how many cinema owners would spend more than they needed to for the best.

It is clearly a premium product for production critical and niche luxury venues.
 

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These are not home theatre speakers and it is not hard to spend $250K on a fully equiped cinema, so I'd say $50K is reasonable. Not that my budget allows that.

Uhhh, I know. A similar JBL Pro system would be ~1/3 the price. Read the JBL/Crown info, and you get a good idea of the total audio outlay for the gear.
 

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It is clearly a premium product for production critical and niche luxury venues.

I would love to sit down (missing a lot of numbers) and see over maybe a 10 year lifespan of a theater, how much an upgrade like this would add to ticket prices. Scenario 1 would be normal audio gear (Maybe one step up from the cheapest you could get away with). Scenario 2 would be with Meyer gear.


Are we talking about adding a penny or two bucks per ticket (and the issue of raising the price to cover better gear will probably result in fewer seats filled, which needs to be factored into the price increase).
 

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I have been a touring engineer many years and used Meyer MSL4 and Milo and Mica and many other of the company speakers. They are top notch. In my current house gig here in Las Vegas we have a all Meyer rig as do many of the shows. I also in my home use Meyer HD1s for my mains and UPJ for my fills. I got those at some smoking great deals though many years ago.


Meyer has a long and rich history in arena sound and touring systems. I had not known they getting into the movie theatre market though. John Meyer had built subs many years ago for Apocolypse Now when it was first in the theatres. And has a long history with the Dead. Also his measurement system SIM has been used for years. I have been a certified SIM engineer since 96.


Yep I am a bit of what some would say is a Meyer whore.
 

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Yeah but the touring stuff had a little bit of the horn induced sound reinforcement "sizzle", the hd-1 and apparently these do not.


For high end home theater the problem keeps gravitating to the need for "inwalling", they would have to come up with a solution for the surrounds to be in wall, and making the fronts shallower.
 

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American Zoetrope Upgrades to Meyer Sound Cinema Experience

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American Zoetrope, the film studio created and used by filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola since 1970, recently completed the mix of Sofia Coppola’s upcoming film “Somewhere” using their new Meyer Sound Cinema Experience monitoring system. This same system was used to mix Mr. Coppola’s 2009 release of “Tetro
http://www.dcinematoday.com/dc/pr.aspx?newsID=1759
 

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(...) A similar JBL Pro system would be ~1/3 the price.

Yes, QSC would even be a little bit cheaper.

And I'm talking about a nicely spec'ed, tri-amped system.

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(...) I would love to sit down (missing a lot of numbers) and see over maybe a 10 year lifespan of a theater, how much an upgrade like this would add to ticket prices (...)

I'm sure Meyer Sound stuff is top-notch, and as an enthusiast I'd love to hear, or even get one. But as an exhibitor, in a commercial theater you have to ask yourself if spending 2 or 3 times more compared to what would be needed for a *good, well-dimensioned* "conventional" setup from the usual suspects (JBL, QSC, Ev) is going to *actually* get more patrons through the door. Personally, I doubt that.
 

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I'm sure Meyer Sound stuff is top-notch, and as an enthusiast I'd love to hear, or even get one. But as an exhibitor, in a commercial theater you have to ask yourself if spending 2 or 3 times more compared to what would be needed for a *good, well-dimensioned* "conventional" setup from the usual suspects (JBL, QSC, Ev) is going to *actually* get more patrons through the door. Personally, I doubt that.

When they offered the THX Approved theaters - did that increase patronage? How about when they advertised the Torus Screen?
 
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