Scalability is very important for any multi-room or home theater system and when dealing with 9.4.4 or 7.4.6. configurations, it needs to be easy to integrate and setup for both installers and the customer. It doesn’t matter how great your hardware is — a poorly designed GUI is a deal-breaker for a lot of people; especially when they are spending thousands of dollars on a product. Theory Audio Design builds an exceptional product; the best soundbar system we’ve ever heard, but a big part of it is their custom GUI and automator software that are getting a big update.
The expanded software allows installers to deploy Theory surround systems utilizing two of Theory’s ALC-1809 Loudspeaker Controllers simultaneously for systems up to 9.4.4 or 7.4.6.
Automator version 2.0 provides the ability to deploy high channel count Theory surround sound systems (up to 9.4.4 or 7.4.6) using two ALC-1809 units.
At the nucleus of every Theory loudspeaker system is the ALC-1809, 9-channel Amplified Loudspeaker Controller. With 1,800W and 96kHz/32-bit digital signal processing, the ALC-1809 is the AV version of an integrator’s swiss army knife, combining the functionality of five products in one: a multi-channel DSP processor, high power multichannel home theater and distributed audio amplifier, multichannel mixing amplifier, multichannel bass manager, and high-resolution loudspeaker processor, all in a stylish, 1U package.
Automator runs on the ALC-1809 and the intuitive interface walks installers through a simple five-step system configuration. With a single ALC, a 7.2 or 5.2.2 system can be configured from start to finish in just 15 minutes. With the latest software update, installers are now able to use two ALC-1809s to configure systems up to 9.4.4 or 7.4.6 just as easily. The new update also offers:
- A start up wizard that makes setting up your first system even easier.
- New simplified wiring graphics and tabular wiring diagram that is printable.
- New and improved speaker layout diagram.
- Optimized Bass Management across two ALCs (with a minimum of two subs).
- Speaker distances can now be entered as feet or meters.
“When we introduced the Theory surround sound systems, reviewers, dealers and customers marveled at the scale and quality of the sound for the price and almost immediately began asking to be able to deploy more complex systems via our automated software suite,” said Theory’s owner and product designer, Paul Hales.
“In their view, the up-to-9 channel media-room-focused Theory systems exceeded the performance of their higher-priced, larger dedicated theater room systems, so they were eager to see what could be achieved from Theory in these settings. With Automator v2.0 software update, we are answering their call. Automator 2.0 now gives integrators the ability to deploy and configure spectacular sounding surround sound systems with up to 18 loudspeakers with minimal effort.”
Automator v2.0 is available now for download from the Theory website, here, under the “ALC-1809” section.
For more information on Theory Audio Design, please visit theoryaudiodesign.com.