Los Angeles, CA (January 15, 2021)—A new reference-level screening room and lab on the Netflix campus in Los Angeles has been developed around new cinema technologies: Meyer Sound’s Ultra Reflex cinema audio solution and Sony’s modular and scalable Crystal LED displays. The project marks the first public installation of the emerging Ultra Reflex solution, created to overcome acoustical quandaries inherent to large-scale direct view (“emissive”) video displays in cinemas and similar settings.
Cinemas with more traditional acoustically transmissive projection screens have loudspeakers placed behind the screens, but that approach can’t be taken with a direct view video display, which features a hard surface. However, the obvious alternative—placing speakers around a direct view display—can compromise uniformity of coverage, stability of image localization and overall audio fidelity.
Ultra Reflex, then, is said to solve the problem by using a high-frequency component reflecting off the screen that is coupled with a direct radiating low-frequency component. The patent-pending solution encompasses proprietary acoustical designs, DSP technologies and optimization techniques.
For the initial launch period, the Meyer Sound Ultra Reflex solution is paired with Sony’s Crystal LED, though the Meyer technology is compatible with all hard-surface direct view displays. Meyer Sound Ultra Reflex is scalable and suitable for all direct view applications, from home cinema and post-production studios through corporate installations and commercial cinemas.
The Netflix site is, by necessity, designed to replicate both critical viewing and audio mixing as well as to accommodate VIP screenings. The room features a 17-foot wide by 9-foot high HDR-capable 4K Crystal LED from Sony. Proprietary DSP for optimization is supplied by a Meyer GALAXY 816 Network Platform. The screen channels are part of a Dolby Atmos system that has recallable snapshots for theatrical or 9.1.6 home entertainment playback modes. The balance of the system comprises 37 self-powered Meyer Sound cinema loudspeakers, including HMS Series lateral and overhead surround loudspeakers bolstered by USW-210P subwoofers for surround bass management and X-400C cinema subwoofers with VLFC very-low-frequency control elements for bass management and LFE.
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