One of Sound Associates first – and most important – cinema relationships. Sound Associates installed the very first Dolby processors for the first Star Wars film in 1977 and we have recently carried out the first UK installations of the revolutionary Atmos sound systems into multiplexes and independent cinemas.
Dolby Laboratories has been a leader in audio innovation since the 1960s and in the cinema arena, Dolby have led the way with the introduction of “A-Type” noise reduction in 1965, Dolby Stereo for Star Wars in 1977 and their most recent product innovation – Dolby Atmos.
Dolby Atmos employs overhead speakers as well as surrounds – consequently it can create realistic and natural sound experiences that envelop and involve the movie goer. Sound Associates have installed Atmos in a number of multiplex screens and in The Olympic, Barnes, currently the only UK independent to have this technology.
Dolby has introduced other products for cinema exhibitors including 3D and content servers.
The Dolby 3D system uses low cost reusable glasses (no batteries) and allow cinemas to keep their existing white screens.
The latest introduction to the Dolby cinema server family is the CAT 745 IMB and the DSS220 Dolby Screen Server.