Manufacturer Profile: Datasat, Putting the Custom Back in Custom Audio
You may not have heard of Datasat Digital Entertainment, but it’s almost certain that you‘ve heard their work and products. Datasat Digital Entertainment began in May of 2008 when Datasat Communications purchased DTS Digital Cinema.
This is the cinema division of DTS Inc. that started in 1993, providing 5.1 digital sound to millions of moviegoers worldwide, starting with the blockbuster release of Jurassic Park. This virtually changed the way we listen to movies, and at Datasat, they continue to advance audio technology in professional cinemas and now in home cinemas as well.
With 30,000 audio processors and digital playback devices sold on five continents, and 14,000 movie releases over the past 19 years, this upstart company with their logo at the end of feature movies has quite the pedigree.
Datasat is now bringing all of that experience and expertise to your customer’s own cinema and media rooms with the RS20i audio processor. It’s truly the real sound of the cinema brought home. And it’s completely customizable to your customer’s environment or tastes.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the comments and reactions we get when people hear the RS20i for the first time,” states Robert McKinley, COO of Datasat. “The audio quality is outstanding and the features and benefits to the customers are second-to-none. The RS20i is the most flexible and customizable processor available on the market today.
“The styling of the RS20i is sleek, sexy and even shows a little attitude. It compliments any setting and will surely be a conversation piece.
“We’ve often heard comments from customers and friends that their room doesn’t always sound great, depending on what they’re playing. Every room or installation is different, and unless you have the flexibility to optimize and tune each room according to what its requirements, needs or limitations are, that room and even your content will not sound its best.
“In the RS20i we feature Dirac Live, which is a state-of-the-art digital room correction technology that optimizes the sound, both in terms of the impulse response as well as the stationary frequency response. The result is substantially improved musical staging, clarity, voice intelligibility and a deeper and tighter bass, not just in a small sweet spot but in the entire listening environment.
“In addition to the Dirac Live, the RS20i also features 16 total channels all with 1/3 octave EQ, three bands of Parametric EQ for low end shaping, treble and bass shelving, high and low pass filters, delay and level controls. It also features bass management for up to four subwoofers with full or adjustable high pass settings for screen and surround speakers.
“It’s ready to go for stereo, 5.1, 7.1, 9.1, 11.1, 12.2 and even 12.4.
“Another very unique feature is that all these settings are storable into memory presets. You can have multiple EQ settings for the same input as the inputs are fully routable as to outputs. And this is completely customizable to your room or tastes. We didn’t feel that our engineers, no matter how brilliant, should sit in a lab or our own listening environment and create a button that you push to change the EQ settings for music, movies or any other content type. Not all rooms or content are created equal, and with the RS20i, the installer or customer can create individual settings for their own room, and according to their own taste. You can create a baseline EQ using the Dirac Live and then layer all of the other features on top of it to truly customize and enhance your listening experience.
“Symphonies, rock concerts, sporting events, CDs or streaming content can all be customized to your taste.
“In a recent demo, we illustrated this by showcasing a Beatles classic recording in its original two channel version, and then created a custom memory preset adding the rear speakers with a little delay and level shift, custom shaping the 1/3 octaves and adding bass management to push the low end, and the results were outstanding. It was impressive.
“The RS20i has HDMI 1.4a inputs with video pass thru as well as TOSLINK, coaxial, stereo, multichannel analog and digital inputs, should you want to add a digital cinema server someday. DTS technology, including HD Master Audio, is on board, as is Dolby AC3. Dolby TrueHD will be added in October as a free upgrade.
“There’s also a global delay, bi-directional automation control as well as expansion slots for future developments.
“All of this is completely controllable from the front panel touch screen panel or any iPad, iPhone, smart phone or computer via the internet or wireless router using VPN.
“The bottom line is that the audio quality of the RS20i sells itself. If you were to install it, tune the room, simply listen and never use any of the other features, you would still have the best sounding audio possible. The fact that it is so customizable and feature-rich is a true benefit and once you listen, you will be amazed.”
“I could talk about the RS20i all day, but the real test is listening to one, and the readers should do just that. It puts the custom back in custom audio!”