Sound United has announced the first speakers to achieve IMAX Enhanced certification, which include floorstanding and center channel models from Definitive Technology’s Demand Series (pictured above) and Polk Audio’s Legend Series. The certification means that high-end entertainment products will combine with IMAX digitally re-mastered 4K HDR content and DTS audio to offer “premium immersive experiences at home”. The models certified comprise Definitive Technology’s Demand D17, D15, D5c and Polk Audio’s Legend L800, L600 and L400, all of which are available now for purchase.
The announcement follows Sound United’s other brands, Denon and Marantz, originally achieving IMAX Enhanced certification for receivers and preamps in 2018. Both IMAX and DTS worked with the Definitive Technology and Polk Audio, combined with industry experts and sound mixers, to define the loudspeaker certification process.
“Our intent in joining the loudspeaker certification program was to reproduce the signature IMAX sound without compromise. It was essential to preserve the impact and dynamics moviegoers have come to expect from IMAX, therefore, we considered sound pressure level (SPL), frequency response and the consistency of the speaker’s performance when evaluating eligibility for loudspeaker certification,” said Matt Lyons, VP of Engineering, Acoustics Product Development & Engineering at Polk Audio. “IMAX defined a specific set of frequency ranges to be used for testing, which we then ultimately measured against speaker performance. The resulting certification completes the ecosystem of IMAX Enhanced products including content, devices and loudspeakers, all calibrated to offer the level of performance IMAX demands.”
“We’ve worked closely with Sound United brands for over 20 years. The company’s longstanding reputation for innovation stretches across their brand portfolio, making them an ideal partner to bring new technologies to market,” said Bill Neighbors, Xperi Senior Vice President & General Manager, Cinema, Home, Digital Media & Streaming Solutions. “We decided Polk Audio and Definitive Technology were the ideal launch partners for the IMAX Enhanced Speaker Certification program given their heritage and expertise in both passive and powered loudspeaker development.”
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