Experience 3D sound with Auro 11.1
Auro 11.1 sound format in a nutshell
- A new truly immersive 3D cinema sound format available today
- Designed with three layers of sound (surround, height, overhead)
- The perfect match for visual 3D
- More natural and enveloping than other formats
Why you'll love 3D sound from Barco
- A unique differentiator that allows you to maintain your premium 3D revenues and distinguish yourself from the competition
- Ultimate ease of mind thanks to DCI-compliant system architecture
- Minimal hardware and installation investment thanks to full compatibility with existing standards, 5.1, and future object-based technologies
- The most commercially viable and immersive 3D cinema sound technology available
Creating a new dimension in cinema sound
Auro 11.1, developed by Auro Technologies and powered by Barco, is the next-generation 3D sound format for the cinema industry. It turns conventional cinema audio into a fully immersive 3D sound experience, with sounds coming from all around and above the listener.
Auro 11.1 versus object-based technology
Just like the other sound systems on the market (stereo, surround 5.1 and 7.1), Auro 11.1 is a channel-based audio technology. It has been specifically designed for the cinema industry and consists of a three-layered speaker arrangement (surround, height and overhead), whereas hybrid and object-based systems are missing a height channel at 30° and only have a stereo channel overhead. As Auro 11.1 is fully compatible with the existing audio equipment and current workflows, no new content creation tools are required. What's more, Barco's 3D sound technology is more capable of handling 'wet' sounds which creates more natural sound. Please read our dedicated white paper for further information.
100% compatibility with existing standards
The full Auro 11.1 speaker layout is defined for up to 13.1 channels, with 11.1 being the current ideal solution for commercial movie theaters. As the 3D sound technology is compatible with existing formats, standards and distribution mechanisms, only a minimal hardware and installation investment is required to upgrade from traditional 5.1 to the Auro 11.1 audio format.
Auro 11.1 can easily be installed in new-built or existing theaters, in most cases utilizing components from your current audio system. According to your speaker layout, simply adding height speakers can bring real 3D audio to your theater. Moreover, Auro 11.1 sound processing is similar to, and compatible with, existing set-ups.
3D sound as a unique differentiator
Auro 11.1 creates a unique differentiator - allowing you to maintain your premium 3D revenues and differentiate yourself from the competition. Combined with visual 3D you can offer your audiences a spectacular and immersive movie experience.
Auro 11.1 vs. surround sound
The Auro 11.1 3D sound technology is designed with three layers of sound (surround, height and overhead) rather than the singular layer offered by traditional surround sound. Adding more than just speakers overhead, its three layers of sound come from all around and above the listener, transforming conventional cinema audio into a fully immersive 3D sound experience.