Can Barco’s Auro beat Dolby’s Atmos? Never mind the rumble in the jungle – this is a fight for height. Derek Powell referees.
There’s a slow-motion war under way to become the ‘ Immersive Surround Sound’ champion in the commercial cinema world. While only a few Australian enthusiasts may have heard of them, Barco (wielding a combination of their high technology projectors and an 11.1-channel system called Auro) is campaigning hard against Dolby (brandishing Atmos) to sign up cinemas to their respective immersive audio systems.
For those who need to catch up, cinema surround sound is currently trying to re-invent itself into the Next Big Thing — generally styled as immersive, multidimensional or ‘3D’ sound. It’s surround sound with height, so movie sound effects can come from above as well as all around in the movie theatre (or potentially your home cinema system).
As with most ‘new’ technology, the idea that a soundstage should have height as well as width and depth has been touted for a while, and we have reported on a