NYC’s PostWorks Deploys JBL 7 Series Master Reference Monitors on Dolby Atmos and 7.1 Stages

PostWorks, a major post-production facility in New York City, has completed a new monitoring system installation for its two new Dolby Atmos stages and a new Dolby 7.1 stage, featuring JBL 7 Series Master Reference monitors, Crown amplifiers and BSS Audio signal processing.

PostWorks uses the JBL 7 Series monitors for its television, feature film and documentary post-production services, including the recently launched Netflix and Baz Luhrmann collaboration, “The Get Down,” for which the Dolby 7.1 stage was specially designed.

PostWorks’ facilities are located throughout Manhattan, where space is a challenge. The small footprint of the 7 Series and its ability to replicate the sound of large cinema-style loudspeakers was critical, said Phillip Fuller, PostWorks chief audio engineer.

Phillip Fuller, PostWorks chief engineer

Phillip Fuller, PostWorks chief engineer

“We needed feature mix rooms that could provide a large cinema experience,” Fuller said. “Until the 7 Series was introduced, there was not a class-A theatrical loudspeaker designed for the scale of studios we have in New York City. We ultimately decided to move forward with the 7 Series because of the redesign of the high-frequency driver into a smaller form factor and the newly designed woofer. These design features give the 7 Series the ability to reproduce the sound of larger cinema loudspeakers.”

The two Dolby Atmos rooms use JBL LSR708i monitors powered by Crown DCi 4|1250N amplifiers for the front screen channels (Left, Center, Right). Twenty LSR705i monitors are powered by Crown DCi 8|300N amplifiers for surround as well as three JBL STX818S subwoofers, using DCi 4|1250N amplifiers. Both rooms rely on the BSS BLU-806 devices with Dante interface for signal processing.

For the Netflix’s series, “The Get Down,” which focuses on the birth of Hip Hop in New York during the 1970s and features many musical performances, Baz Luhrmann chose the Dolby 7.1 room at PostWorks.

The room was designed and filled out with the highest-end equipment, including the LSR708is for the front screen channels, 12 LSR705i loudspeakers for surround channels, powered by DCi 8|300N amplifiers and JBL 4641 Cinema Series subwoofers, powered by DCi 4|1250N amplifiers.

Baz Luhrmann

Baz Luhrmann

To make the speakers as compact as possible and greatly reduce installation cost and complexity, the 7 Series relies on centrally located and controlled multichannel power amplifiers, a feature Fuller found particularly helpful when installing the surround speakers.

This meant neither the Dolby Atmos rooms nor the 7.1 room needed extra power outlets installed at all the speaker positions. Additionally, DSP in Crown DCi networked amplifiers is centrally controlled via Harman HiQnet protocol, allowing customized tuning of the 7 Series system.

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