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TUR: Alcons C-Series A Home Theatre Turkish Delight

Istanbul-based movie enthusiast Murat Cuhadaroglu is a happy man – with his Alcons loudspeakers, he never has to worry if the loudspeakers in his home theatre system might be unable to deliver high-quality sound.

Murat built his first home theatre in 2001 before upgrading it to a better 7.1 plus stereo system in 2007. In 2016 he decided to replace it, removing the two-channel loudspeakers and starting over with more modern technologies.

He then spoke to Cineramax proprietor Peter Montoulieu – the self-styled “top cinema guru” designed the “Hyperion” system for him and chose the Alcons C-series to go with it.

Murat also wanted enough dynamic headroom and impact to convey every part of even the most intense movie soundtrack. In many cases, this would mean compression driver/horns, which would then end up compromising other parts of the sound system. In contrast, Alcons’ patented pro-ribbon technology was able to deliver a dynamic range and SPL of the best compression driver/horn designs with finesse and transparency.

The Alcons C-series system for Murat’s installation features three CR3 in bi-amped configuration for the L-C-R front channels, powered by two four-channel Sentinel 10 amplified loudspeaker controllers. Ten surround channels use CRMS-SRIW reference surround speakers, installed in the room’s walls, with ten CRMSC-SRHOR used as the height layer, complemented by four CRMSC-SRIW ceiling loudspeakers. The surround, height and ceiling speakers are powered by six four-channel Sentinel 3s.

Walter Fortmüller of Walter Fortmüller SAVO provided his acoustic measurement and system tuning specialist skills to Murat’s project, and comments: “The key aspect with the new immersive sound formats is to create a coherent, smooth 3D soundfield around the listener. It’s a special 13.1.14 setup, using four subwoofers, providing optimal channel mapping for all three major 3D Immersive audio formats: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro 3D.”

A Trinnov Altitude32 processor provides control for the system, and connects to the Sentinel ALCs through 16 channels of digital AES and 16 channels of balanced analogue XLR connections. It also acts as a video switch for all connected sources. The user interface is a WiFi VNC client running on an iPad, integrated with a Crestron system for central control of the entire installation.

The Alcons C-series will be demonstrated at booth 6-H148 during the Pro-Ribbon Immersive Experience at ISE.