(November 17, 2020) IMAX Enhanced, a collaboration between DTS and IMAX, is a recent certification program designed to deliver home theater content featuring IMAX's "signature picture, sound, and scale." The complete experience requires certified gear playing 4K HDR video created using IMAX's Digital Media Remastering (DMR) process, audio encoded with a variant of DTS:X immersive audio, and source film shot with IMAX- cameras or certified for use in IMAX theaters. Up until today, IMAX had only applied its Enhanced certification to receivers and displays. Now, we can add several speaker models to the list.
Definitive Technology's Demand Series and Polk Audio's Legend Series are the first to offer IMAX Enhanced floorstanding and center channel speakers. Featured models include Definitive's Demand D17, D15, and D5c, and Polk's Legend L800, L600, and L400 speakers. According to Sound United, more product lines within its brand portfolio will be announced soon.
"Our intent in joining the loudspeaker certification program was to reproduce the signature IMAX sound without compromise. It was essential to preserve the impact and dynamics moviegoers have come to expect from IMAX, therefore, we considered sound pressure level (SPL), frequency response and the consistency of the speaker's performance when evaluating eligibility for loudspeaker certification," said Matt Lyons, VP of Engineering – Acoustics Product Development & Engineering at Polk Audio. "IMAX defined a specific set of frequency ranges to be used for testing, which we then ultimately measured against speaker performance. The resulting certification completes the ecosystem of IMAX Enhanced products including content, devices and loudspeakers, all calibrated to offer the level of performance IMAX demands."
For more information about IMAX Enhanced, visit https://www.imaxenhanced.com/.