Meyer Sound reveals Ultra Reflex for screen channel audio reproduction

Meyer Sound has launched its new Ultra Reflex technology, a patent-pending solution for the reproduction of screen channel audio on large-scale direct view video displays.

The complete system for each screen channel features a high frequency component reflecting off the screen that is coupled with a direct radiating low frequency component.  The solution is designed to achieve full bandwidth reproduction together with low distortion, precise directionality, and flat amplitude and phase response for tonal accuracy. 

“The introduction of direct view displays in the cinema industry created the need for a unique solution for LCR screen channels,” said Miles Rogers, Meyer Sound business development manager, cinema & content creation markets. “Ultra Reflex is the culmination of prediction software, loudspeaker technologies, and the lifelong vision of John Meyer to create solutions for the most demanding audio professionals.”

For the initial launch period, Ultra Reflex is paired with Sony’s Crystal LED. 

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“With accurate colour reproduction and outstanding contrast inspired by our industry leading master monitors, Sony’s Crystal LED offers a premium visual experience that has proven itself through its evaluation and reception by the post-production and creative communities,” commented Theresa Alesso, pro division president, Sony Electronics. “We sought to complement this powerful imagery with an audio solution that not only matched the visual integrity but enhanced the overall immersiveness. Meyer Sound Ultra Reflex and Crystal LED provide the perfect marriage of superior sound and vision for creatives.”

The first joint installation for the two technologies is at a reference-level screening room and lab on the Netflix campus in Los Angeles. The room features a 17-feet wide by nine-feet high HDR-capable 4K Crystal LED from Sony. Proprietary DSP for optimisation is supplied by a GALAXY 816 Network Platform.

The screen channels come as part of a Dolby Atmos system that has quickly recallable snapshots for theatrical or 9.1.6 home entertainment playback modes. The balance of the system comprises 37 self-powered Meyer Sound cinema loudspeakers, including HMS Series lateral and overhead surround loudspeakers bolstered by USW-210P subwoofers for surround bass management and X-400C cinema subwoofers with VLFC low frequency control elements for bass management and LFE.

Will Files, re-recording mixer and sound supervisor for Stranger Things and Sol Levante

said: “I recently had a chance to visit Netflix to demo Sony’s new large-scale Crystal LED screen and the accompanying immersive sound system that Meyer Sound had developed for it…to be honest I was a bit skeptical, having heard other various attempts at this type of thing. Instead, what I heard was simply stunning — a reference quality, completely transparent sound system that matches the spectacular visuals from the Crystal LED display. Playing clips from my mix of Stranger Things, I was truly shocked at how close it sounded to the studio where we had mixed it. I wouldn’t hesitate to mix on this system in the first place, it’s that good.”