Christie introduces new surround speakers


Leading digital-cinema projection company Christie has introduced the LA3C line-array ceiling surround and LA3S line-array surround speakers. The new surround speakers expand the company’s Christie Vive Audio™ cinema sound solution that was announced on July 17.

Featuring a combination of ribbon-driver technology and a unique parabolic line-array design in a single compact cabinet, the additional speakers deliver even coverage throughout the auditorium.

“Immersive audio is the next frontier in digital cinema, allowing the placement of sound anywhere in the theater—even on the ceiling—to perfectly complement the visual elements of the movie in a powerful and dynamic, lifelike way that is unrivaled for its realism,” stated Craig Sholder, VP, Entertainment Solutions, at Christie. “Christie Vive Audio has set the new standard in immersive cinema sound by combining all the benefits of ribbon-driver technology in a line-array configuration with Class D amplification and putting it all into a cinema environment, while also meeting the performance demands of the DCI specification. With this announcement, we’re expanding our product line with surround speakers that produce unprecedented uniformity of sound throughout the entire audience listening area, without compromising on quality.”

The extremely low mass of the ribbon drivers allows them to respond very quickly to audio signals and eliminates the effects of high-frequency breakup and power compression, resulting in the reproduction of the source material with exceptional clarity and accuracy.

“The Christie LA3C and Christie LA3S surround speakers feature dramatically higher RMS to peak max SPL ratio than traditional, compression driver systems. This means that powerful, sudden bursts of sounds, such as explosions, pop through quickly and flawlessly, without the lag that can detract from the purity of the experience,” said Jim Hall, Christie’s senior product manager, Entertainment Solutions.

The complete Christie Vive Audio solution includes ceiling surrounds, wall surrounds, screen channel speakers, subwoofers and Class D amplifiers. For more information on Christie’s new audio initiative, visit