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Roland House Post-Production Picks PMC Loudspeakers for Surround

(September 17, 2001)
For the past four years, the excellence of PMC monitors amassed in full 5.1 grandeur and powered by super-clean Bryston amplifiers has helped fuel Roland House's rise to the top of the post-production world. Located in Arlington, Virginia, the company has two surround sound rooms fully loaded with five PMC IB1 monitors and a PMC XB1 subwoofer each. Prominent among Roland House's clients are such documentary leviathans as National Geographic and the Discovery Channel, for whom Roland House engages an "everything-you-could-ever-need-at-the-highest-quality-available" armada of equipment operated by the brightest talent in the business.

While many of Roland House's clients are already broadcasting in surround sound and demand that their programs be mixed in surround as a matter of course, many more are asking for surround mixes in anticipation of the switch. With an eye toward the future, the company built two surround sound rooms several years ago and sought to outfit them with only first-rate equipment. Where other companies mix and match surround sound speakers, Roland House would guarantee the robustness of their mixes with only matched and uniform loudspeakers. Moreover, they wanted the highest quality monitoring system they could get, commensurate with their reputation.

Roland House arranged a comprehensive listing test to select the new speakers, being careful to include all of the respected names. Brian Cunneff, Chief Audio Mixer, testified to the results: "The PMC's absolutely blew us away! They dwarfed everything else in the room, both literally and figuratively. There was no comparison. The PMC's were head and shoulders above the rest. It's difficult to articulate what it is about them that's so stunning (hearing is believing!), but it certainly has something to do with their crisp, natural high-end and tight, well defined low end. Of course we went with Bryston amplification, owing to their unparalleled dedication to sonic purity."

Roland House set up both surround rooms similarly. Each uses projection, with a center channel PMC IB1M-C low profile loudspeaker behind the screen. Four PMC IB-1S's convey the right, left, and rear channel information. Both variants on the IB1 employ a ten-inch flat carbon fiber woofer, a three-inch soft-dome mid-range driver, and a one-inch silk-dome tweeter to deliver a ruler-flat 25Hz to 25kHz. A ten-inch long throw woofer comprises the meaty XB1 subwoofer. All the speakers feature a textured studio black finish and look almost as impressive as they sound. Web:

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