History of cinema audio formats – excellent video with even better audio!

Coming soon to Cinema Synesthesia, a complete 3D animated history of the development of multi-channel sound in the cinema. From the first mono talkies, up through 70mm roadshow presentations in the 50s and 60s, through to today’s cutting edge positional audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the final video will track through more than 20 major formats and configurations.
The video will actually reconfigure the theatre to demonstrate the location of the various speaker channels, and include clips from the premiere movies of each formats.

The full list of sound formats that will be featured in the final version:

1926 – Vitaphone
1927 – Movietone
1940 – Fantasound
1952 – Cinerama
1953 – Cinemascope
1954 – Perspecta
1955 – Todd AO 70mm
1976 – Dolby Stereo
1976 – Dolby Stereo 70mm Six Track ‘Baby Boom’
1979 – Dolby Stereo 70mm Six Track
1986 – Dolby SR
1991 – CDS
1992 – Dolby Digital
1993 – DTS / Datastat
1993 – SDDS 8 Channel
1999 – Dolby Digital Surround EX
2010 – Dolby Surround 7.1
2012 – Barco Auro 11.1
2012 – Dolby Atmos
2015 – DTS:X
2015 – AuroMax

You can download this video in  Dolby Digital 5.1 and in TrueHD 5.1 formats from excellent website.


Darko Hlušička

Founder of HD Televizija website. Certified ISF calibrator(Level II). Tech enthusiast since the 90s. Loves movie soundtracks.

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