Elgin, Il, Usa—Feb 25, 2004
Marcus Theatres Chooses Digital B-Chain™ For UltraScreen
JBL Professional and Crown International announce the installation of a Digital B-Chain™ (DBCT) system at the Marcus Theatres Elgin Fox UltraScreen, a gigantic three-story tall screen which is a part of the new Marcus Elgin Fox Theatre in Elgin, Illinois. The 75-foot wide UltraScreen, the largest in the Midwest, features a state-of-the-art sound system comprised of the Crown Digital B-Chain and JBL's Academy Award winning ScreenArray cinema systems. The screen is scheduled to open February 25, 2004.
In a DBC system, analog or digital audio is received from the cinema processor and is then transported on a digital audio and control network where it remains in the digital domain to the amplifiers. In the Elgin system, analog audio is sent to nine Crown CTs Series amplifiers with IQ-PIP-USP3/CN modules, which power the ScreenArray screen channels, subs, and surround channels. Both the digital audio and control information is transported on a single network connection.
DBC systems include the capability of system-wide diagnostics. Automated error reporting allows technicians and users to learn about potential system errors before they happen and alerts technicians immediately of any problems, providing specific data on where to locate the problem. The entire audio system can be controlled and monitored on the same facility network as concessions management, box office ticketing, HVAC, etc, lowering infrastructure costs.