I spent much of this past Friday making the rounds of the Audio Expo North America NYC event, where high-end audio (and a few video) designers, manufacturers, and retailers descended upon the Affinia Manhattan hotel to show off their latest and greatest creations.
My first stop was Digital Projection's screening room, where the company was showing off their Titan Pro 1080p 3D rig in a fairly ideal home theater enviromnent (or at least as close as you can get in a hotel conference room). Stewart Filmscreen provided the projection surface, a surround setup was courtesy of Totem Acoustic, powered by Audio Design Associates processors and amps, and motorized seating came from D-Box. Screening fare was what you'd expect (Tron and Avatar), but the Titan showed it off impressively. I'm not sure I'm a fan of the Motion Code-controlled seating — it's definitely entertaining at first to feel the Gs as Jake's mountain banshee banks left, but I'm not sure I need an entire feature film's worth of the effect (though it's done about as subtly as I could imagine). The Totems shook the room plenty on their own; probably enough for most occasions. Worth the $250,000 for the setup? You make the call.
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