Can Barco’s Auro beat Dolby’s At­mos? Never mind the rum­ble in the jun­gle – this is a fight for height. Derek Pow­ell ref­er­ees.

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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

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