Dolby announces Atmos Cinema Processor


Dolby announced the pre-sale availability of the Dolby Atmos™ Cinema Processor CP850, which includes the Dolby Atmos Commissioning Service with purchase.

The Dolby CP850 offers a complete audio solution to today’s digital-cinema theatres. In addition to Dolby Atmos playback, the CP850 offers support for 64 speaker feeds, and is configurable between 16 analog outputs and a Dolby Atmos Connect output, Dolby Surround 7.1, and 5.1 digital playback (PCM as part of DCI movies). It also supports common consumer formats used with alternative content in cinemas: Dolby Digital Plus™, Dolby Pro Logic® II, Dolby TrueHD, and Dolby E. When more than 16 channels of output are needed, the Dolby CP850 uses Dolby Atmos Connect, an audio-over-Ethernet protocol designed to efficiently send a high number of digital audio channels to multiple end points, including amplifiers and analog breakout boxes.

The Dolby Atmos Commissioning Service is included with each purchase of the Dolby CP850. The service provides a review of the cinema’s sound-system design to ensure that the speakers and amplifiers have the necessary performance and room coverage to deliver a high-quality Dolby Atmos experience. Also included is the initial room equalization after the equipment is installed.

Exhibitors interested in learning more about the Dolby CP850 pre-sale should contact their nearest Dolby reseller or Dolby sales office, or visit Dolby in booth 1103 during ShowEast 2012 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, FL.

Since its April 2012 debut at CinemaCon, the immersive Dolby Atmos audio platform has received strong support from the cinema industry. Major studios that feature Dolby Atmos in production include Disney•Pixar, Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Major North American exhibitors, including AMC Theatres, ArcLight Cinemas, Brenden Theatres, Cinetopia, Cineplex Entertainment, Cinemark Theatres, Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON Cinemas, Maya Cinemas and Santikos Theatres, have installed Dolby Atmos audio systems in their theatres.

In 2012, Dolby, along with Hollywood studio partners, announced six titles to be produced in Dolby Atmos, with additional titles currently scheduled for release in 2013. In addition, international movie productions using Dolby Atmos are currently in discussion or will be started in 2013 from movie studios in China, France, Germany, India, Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom. Singapore director Jack Neo’s upcoming Ah Boys to Men released in Dolby Atmos on Nov. 6.