The question of how to handle the sound has been a big topic of discussion, as with traditional cinema, there are speakers directly behind the screen, which is not doable with LED panels. Samsung-owned Harman International developed a JBL Professional cinema sound audio system that can accommodate up to 7.1 surround sound, but reactions were mixed. Conti claims Samsung has improved its sound system with additional speakers in a new configuration, which also has been installed at the Winnetka theater.
Conti also reported that Winnetka and other Onyx theaters are currently playing standard DCPs (digital cinema packages, which are the digital equivalent of a film print). But one of Samsung’s selling points for its LED system is brightness to accommodate high dynamic range, and to that end, Conti said Samsung is talking with studios about the potential to create an additional version of their movies, mastered to accommodate HDR and its LED system.