ArcLight looks to Meyer Sound for US cinema installs

ArcLight Cinemas has selected Meyer Sound cinema audio systems for three screens at its new upscale multiplex theatres in Chicago, Illinois; Bethesda, Maryland and Santa Monica, California (pictured)

A fourth Meyer system was installed earlier at ArcLight Cinemas’ La Jolla, California location.

“We were very happy with the results in La Jolla,” remarked Joe Miraglia, ArcLight’s director of design, construction and facilities. “We continue to see Meyer Sound as the premium brand for cinema audio, offering a superior level of quality that our guests appreciate.”

All four screens feature Dolby Atmos immersive sound.

“The dynamic range of the content coming out now is much more demanding on the audio system,” Miraglia continued, “and Meyer Sound provides optimum performance by pairing the amplifiers inside the loudspeakers. We think that is the best solution going for Atmos.”

The Meyer systems are nearly identical in all three places – each with five Acheron 100 screen loudspeakers, five Acheron LF speakers, six X-800C cinema subwoofers, four HMS-12 front wall surround units, two 500-HP ceiling surround subs, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor. The configurations differ only in wall surrounds, with 16 or 18 HMS-10 loudspeakers, and ceiling surrounds, with 14 or 16 HMS-12 speakers. All systems were provided by ACS Enterprises of Walnut, California.

Meyer Sound claims to offer the industry’s only complete line of self-powered cinema loudspeakers, with all surround speakers employing its proprietary IntelligentDC technology. By using remote DC power supplies, IntelligentDC affords all the benefits of self-powered systems – including true bi-amplification in the surrounds – with the cost-efficiency of one-cable installation and no requirements for conduit in most code jurisdictions.

“With the Meyer Sound systems you experience the soundtrack the way it was created on the final dubbing stage,” noted Miraglia. “We’ve been told by creative people in the film industry that with these systems they can hear the sound exactly as the creators intended. We believe that level of premium sound is one more reason why people choose to come to ArcLight.”

Owned and operated by Los Angeles-based Decurion Corporation, ArcLight Cinemas operates at eight locations in three states, with further expansion planned in the near future. ArcLight’s premium amenities also include a café and bar, art exhibits, a gift shop, and a 500,000-strong membership programme.