The first cinema in the world to power all of its screen channels with the Meyer Sound Leopard line array loudspeaker system has opened in Milan, Italy following an extensive refurbishment. Thanks to the new system, the Sala Energia Auditorium at the Arcadia Melzo multiplex in Milan now houses one of Europe’s largest Dolby Atmos systems. It is also home to the world’s most powerful permanent Meyer Sound cinema system.
“When I first heard the Leopard-based system in our Sala Energia, I was so excited and enthusiastic that I was moved to tears,” recalls Piero Fumagalli, owner of Arcadia Cinemas.
“I sensed immediately that the clarity, dynamics, and musicality of the Leopard arrays represented a major improvement over the previous system.
“This new Meyer Sound system is our investment in the future. Audiences are now willing to pay more to experience a film in the Sala Energia. We have patrons raving about both the sound and image technologies. In fact, they often applaud the sound demo trailers before the features.”
Piero points out that the Leopard system supplied an ideal solution for Sala Energia’s 30m-wide auditorium, which also has a long throw distance to the back rows.
“I had some doubts about using compact line arrays for screen loudspeakers, but when I heard Leopard I realised this is a loudspeaker of such exceptional quality that it can absolutely be used in any application. For Sala Energia, it has proven to be the best possible solution.”
The five screen channels each comprise seven Leopard loudspeakers flown under two 900-LFC low-frequency control elements. Additional low-end support thunders though a steel-framed, behind-screen tower of 10 X-800C high-power cinema subwoofers, while drive and optimisation are supplied by a Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 and two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors.
To fully realise the immersive effects of Dolby Atmos, the complete system also includes 30 HMS-12 and six HMS-15AC surround loudspeakers for side, rear and overhead surrounds, as well as eight additional X-800C subwoofers for surround effects.
The system was provided by Meyer Sound’s Italian distributor Linear Sound, a division of Eko Music Group and installed by Brusaporto-based Sangalli Tecnologie S.r.l. under the supervision of Giancarlo Terzi.
Complementing the high-impact audio presentation is an enormous 30-by-16m Harkness Perlux white screen, two Christie 4K digital projectors and two Cinemeccanica Victoria 8 projectors for special 70mm film screenings.