Absorption of Modes in Home Cinemas - January 26th, 2009

It has already been discussed that modes in dedicated home cinemas behave differently to diffuse sound and this has various consequences.

1. The modes are not absorbed as strongly as sound which visits all surfaces of a cinema room. This is due to both the reduction in the number of surfaces visited and the change in absorption due to non-random incidence.

2. This reduction in absorption is strongly frequency-dependent and results in less absorption and therefore a longer decay time at the frequencies at which standing waves occur.

3. The decay of sound energy in dedicated home cinema systems is no longer a single exponential decay with a time constant proportional to the average absorption in the room caused by the acoustic panels, etc. Instead there are several decay times. The shortest one tends to be due to the resonant modes in the home cinema room. This results in excess energy at those frequencies with the attendant degradation of the sound in the room.

The energy in a mode decay as a function of time is related to the reverberation, and the absorption in a mode has a big effect on the frequency response. This effect will be analysed separately in a future article.

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Escient Vision Audio/Video Servers - January 17th, 2009

The new Escient Vision VS-100 and VS-200 servers allow you to store movies, music and digital photos and instantly enjoy them from any room of the home through an all-new high definition Escient user interface. The VS-100 offers dual 500 Gb drives and the VS-200 provides dual 1Tb drives respectively.

Built from the ground up for today’s digital home, the Escient Vision series becomes the heart of any multi room video installation, providing the most sought after features for seamless home automation integrations. Continuing Escient’s unmatched excellence in integrating digital media management systems into state of the art audio/video multi room systems, the Vision series supports the proven external control capabilities of Escient Fireball Media management product line.

The server’s storage can be expanded by adding the VX-600, featuring four 1Tb drives in a Raid 5 configuration and providing unlimited storage expansion for all Vision devices. Third party control systems like AMX can provide a truly high end multi room audio and video solution via an easy to use graphic interface. 

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