The Museum of tolerance/Simon Weisenthal Center is a human rights exhibition in Los Angeles. They have completely renovated the inside, and on the audio side they have installed a 308 channel sound system with 5 subwoofers.
That’s not 308 + 5 speakers – that’s 308 + 5 separate channels.
The audio/visual system is made by Iosono Sound and on the video side of things it includes a Christie 5000-lumen 3-chip DLP high-def projector and also a motorized masking system to change the aspect ratio of the display.
The audio system is the first of its type in the US, and the theater had to be stripped down to its struts to install it so that the speakers are all hidden from view. The system utilizes waveform synthesis allowing for effects and movement of sound that have never been reproduced before now. Because of the way the sound is distributed, every seat in the house is great.
This is a super cool system, and I would love to hear it in action. It doesn’t quite hold a candle to the $6 Million home theater though.
All I can think of is how mixing for 308.5 must be absolute pain.