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Cinema Deluxe AIA Presentation and Test Cinema in Ansbach

With regard to volume and dynamics, there are no limits to the system. For example, the rocket launch from "Interstellar" sounds as if you stand next to the engine. Nevertheless, also quiet passages make this cinema a unique experience.

Even with compressed sound formats such as Dolby Digital, the single-one point- sources of the coaxial CCRM12 and CCRM6 speakers show their strength: from sand grains over the smallest wind gust to minimum breathing noises, these speakers reproduce every acoustic detail almost scary realistic.

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ART OF SOUND – AIA Demo Theater in Ansbach

Perfect illusion

The realism of an AIA System becomes most obvious with closed eyes. Only when you ignore the distractions of the images on the screen and concentrate on listening alone, you'll be able to fully appreciate the richness and the level of detail in the sound-scape. Quite frankly, who needs 3D images when you can have 3D sound like this?

The beat of the music

Timing is even more important when listening to music because even smallest imperfections can destroy the musicality of any recording. But the AIA system excels here, too. Any music you play through it will shine and find a way under your skin. Listening to music is one thing. But it's feeling the music that really matters!

When the lights come back on, heart and soul are aching for more while the mind is trying to process the recent experience. Stefan Köpf, one of the creators of AIA, sits off to side, smiling knowingly as if to say "See, that's how it's done!" And he is right: This is multi-channel sound as was always meant to be. Can we have some more now, please?

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High End Fun derived from the Home Theater

I knew the man from the stairwell. We greeted each other in a friendly way, and I knew that he worked for the architect's office on the third floor.

However, now he pounded visibly annoyed against the metal door of the LowBeats listening room: "I find it impossible that you play drums during the day." The man, of course, was right! Such a level during normal working time is certainly disturbing our neighborhood.

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Finally – voices! It did not take us long to agree that Sara Bareilles‘ „Brave Enough“ (listened to at almost life-like levels) delivered exactly the right mood and intensity. The boys kept wondering again and again „Are you dumb now, buddy...?!“ (in German/Bavarian „Bist Du deppert…?!“ – editors note: emphasis must be on the first word ...). This exclamation of delight was the common sense on what we had experienced.

In a nutshell

Ascendo’s approach of transforming the subwoofer from their already existing home theatre range into a full range HiFi speaker by adding a matching coaxial unit works greatly. The blend of these two units into one “box” results in a highly addictive stereophonic sound. Is this statement of mine more of a threat or more of a promise? Well, listen and decide for yourself … !

AIA: Best Sound of Show – HIGH END in Munich

The most impressive demonstration of the HIGH END 2016 took place in room E214 and operated eye, ear and belly simultaneously. Here namely, Ascendo Immersive Audio (AIA) built together with partners from Barco, Screen Research and Kaleidescape a real room-in-room movie theater - similar to the Ascendo demo cinema in Ansbach. The exhibition cinema was at least 35 square meters, for all new surround formats (especially Dolby Atmos and Auro 3D) furnished and of course completely darkened. Since the speakers were all placed behind the curtains and the screen, shooting pictures was real mischief. But Stefan Köpf, the managing director of AIA, counted me the individual active speakers. And there were a lot: 4 Subwoofer type SMSG15, 5 Front Speaker Type CCRM12 and 13 surround speaker type CCRM6. So all together 22 speakers with a corresponding power of the internal power amplifier of 22,000 watts RMS.

Without visitors knowing how much high tech slumbered in secret here; they sensed well what this great cinema would offer. Before the door anyway was always a large queue, and it took several attempts to get inside. However, the wait was worth the while. Inside the Ascendo's Stefan Köpf and Jürgen Scheuring had perhaps hung a bit too much Molton, because the attenuation was quite strong. This did not diminish the experience. The image was cracking sharp, the sound somewhat attenuated, but very direct, clear and highly dynamic. Each demo ended with Metallica in Dolby Atmos (Through The Never). The vivid 3D imaging of individual sound events was nothing short of sensational. The powers with which the bass was pressed into the room made the bass drum, and bass sounded completely undistorted. Such an experience just can't happen with stereo HiFi.

The first Blu-ray with DTS:X is in the player and Guillermo del Torro is pulling out all the stops as director to make your neck hairs stand up on end. The constant, ominous, low-frequency rumble of the basses creates an uncanny atmosphere. The deep waves of bass flood the room, going right through you. Our settings let the subwoofer dip down to the lowest octaves. Thanks to its closed construction and abundance of power, its performance remains controlled and clean at all times. The AIA subwoofer is especially impressive during quiet passages, since the large membrane effortlessly reflects even the smallest changes in signal level. When intense levels are called for, the woofer doesn't waver for long; instead, it boldly puts on the gas. The SMS G15 seems to know no limits when it comes to dynamism, mercilessly inundating your space with waves of bass – we really savored this feature during several scenes in “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Tron Legacy,” and “Edge of Tomorrow.” To finish up, just a few bars of music with high-res audio files from the server. Here, as well, the AIA SMSG15 proved to be a highly superior subwoofer that reproduces the deepest bases of a church organ or double bass cleanly in your space.

The SMSG15 shines with enormous depth, and can be perfectly adapted to your listening needs using its 10-band equalizer and a variety of filters.

The SMSG15 from AIA is a professional subwoofer through and through. It is enormously powerful, accurately follows every bass signal, and is capable of the highest volume levels without batting an eyelash.

Sure, the SMSG15 isn't a bargain product – but used correctly it is the ultimate active subwoofer, and will make the dreams of any home theater enthusiast come true.

The AIA-cinema in action.

We try to describe what we have witnessed live on site. With many film sequences from "Oblivion," "Into the Storm," "The Dark Knight," "Lone Survivor," "Fury," "Rush," various concert recordings and the flamboyant musical film "Bourlesque" we let the cinema immerse us with absolutely excellent sound. We have already seen and heard a lot of cinemas, but yet none of them could maintain the performance of the AIA demo cinema. What we heard here is so unique, it's hard to capture in words. The system plays extremely direct, with a mad jaw dropping precision and timing. Little by little the listener becomes aware which qualities this cinema unites. Everything seems so natural, that one thinks that it has to be just like that. One could hear no boom, no hum, no resonances or artificial sound effects. The spatial representation is terrific. Everything seemed very plastic, corporeal and authentic. The bass goes incredibly deep and inspires by its highest accuracy. The coaxial loudspeaker systems effortlessly keep up with the bass and offer excellent speech intelligibility and balance. Neutral they are, but never sober. Analytical but never dissecting. They play like the best Hi-Fi speakers, only they do it naturally even at the highest volume levels.

Who can, should visit the AIA demo and development Cinema in Ansbach and get a live demonstration of this splendid system! The complexity and expense are immense. This system will therefore remain out of reach for many. However, that is the way a cinema must sound - this is definitely the reference for immersive theater systems.

Network based loudspeaker systems made in Germany prevail in two categories in the TNT@ISE Award

Ansbach, Germany, March 2016 The German company, Ascendo Immersive Audio (AIA) could prevail in the Top New Technology Awards@ISE in two categories: Not only in the subwoofer category, but also in the theatre/multi-room audio category, the South German audio specialists convinced the jury and brought home the awards from the ISE.

Low Beats

What came out of this cinema rocks!

Ascendo played an AIA project spin-off derived from the speaker CCRM12 and the subwoofer SMSG 15. So tight, loud and clear I haven't heard music in a long time. Perhaps these home theater speakers with PR chassis and intelligent smart phone adjustable on the fly equalization are not only for me, a real alternative to the traditional Hi-End speakers who play at best with modest efficiency.


Unrestrained pleasure transported at least three set ups on the NDHT that could hardly be more different. Clearaudio and Ascendo ensured domesticated professional driver in a not yet finished casing for great live impressions.

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