Finland’s largest cinema chain, Finnkino Oy, has recently installed a state-of-the art Genelec loudspeaker system in its boutique Lounge Premium cinema, a speciality theater that forms part of the company’s 7-screen complex in the Iso Omena shopping centre in Espoo. The Lounge is a small and beatiful theater that has been designed to offer its patrons a cinema experience like no other. Equipped withcomfortable leather recliners and individual tables for food and beverages, the cinema brings in a highly discerning public. Goes without saying, the audio system had to be of the same extremely high standard, hence the installation of Genelec speakers. A total of eight high performance speakers, including the newly introduced 1234AC, were used to deliver premium audio with precise imaging for a truly immersive 7.1 audio experience.
“The main reason we decided to choose Genelec was to underline and define the exclusivity of the luxury experience by using top of the line speakers,” says Ari ‘Jaska’ Saarinen, who was Finnkino’s technical manager for this project. “Genelec is an extremely well-known brand, and synonymous with outstanding performance in the pro audio industry. It was an obvious choice for me for this installation.”
Saarinen was always concened with the lack of quality cinema speakers to choose from when equipping cinemas across Europe, and he has often had to use custom-made loudspeakers which are designed to be positioned in a special array above a screen with no perforations. For the Lounge project, he wanted to take the cinema experience to the next level, with some help from Genelec. “All of the customer feedback we have received has been very positive, and the Finnkino Lounge is very popular; it’s always a sell-out,” adds Ari.
Finnkino Lounge uses three powerful 1234AC three-way active speakers positioned horizontally above the screen to deliver precise imaging both on- and off-axis, courtesy of Genelec’s Directivity Control Waveguide (DCWTM) technology. By placing speakers above the screen and not behind a perforated screen – as is usually done in cinema audio setups – the speakers avoid any unwanted comb filtering effect or impact on loudspeaker dispersion which the screen may add.
In addition, four Genelec 1238AC loudspeakers were installed at the sides and the back of the theater. The 1238AC is little brother to the 1234AC, sporting dual 10” woofers to the dual 12” woofers that feature in the 1234AC model. The careful positioning of the speakers, all of which are three-way for maximum accuracy and directivity control, ensures the highest quality 7.1 audio experience for every seat in the house. Rounding off the installation is a Genelec 7073A subwoofer - featuring four 12” drivers, 19 Hz lower cut-off frequency and 124 dB sound pressure output capability, the 7073A delivers powerful and precise bass throughout the auditorium.
“I have worked with Genelec for almost 30 years and it is always a pleasure,” notes Saarinen. “Working on the Finnkino Lounge project with Genelec has been an excellent experience, and we are delighted with the outcome.”
Finnkino is a part of Odeon Cinemas Group, and it operates cinemas in eleven different cities around Finland, with 16 theatres and a total of 104 screens. The theatre group aims to offer quality films to customers with the best possible viewing comfort as well as a variety of additional services.
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