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【由 Front-height 到天花到反射：3D 音效的發展】
音樂和電影音效經過成百年的發展，技術上經歷相當多的進化，尤其是後者由單聲道、立體聲、4 聲道、5.1 聲道到現時更多的聲道設計，音效也由平面包圍的 2D 進化成 3D 全方位包圍。其實由 5.1 聲道後置喇叭耳平稍高的擺位，已經可以營造到部分空中音效的感覺。不過大家當然不會滿足於此，於是 Dolby Pro Logic IIz 及 DTS Neo:X 出現，增加了 Front Height、Rear Height 聲道，通過將喇叭安裝到前、後牆身的高處，令到聲效真正由高空處發出，獲得更好的空中音效定位。
到 Dolby Atmos、DTS:X 和 Auro-3D 三款 3D 聲效格式出現，更將天空聲道的喇叭安裝上天花，前兩者有 5.1.2、5.1.4、7.1.2、7.1.4 等不同的聲道配置，通過 2 隻或 4 隻天花喇叭輸出電影裡面上方的音效；後者則有 Voice of God，配合 Front Height、Rear Height 的第二層喇叭，來提供 3D 聲效包圍感。
【From front-height to in-ceiling: the evolution of audio effects】
More than a century of development in music and cinema sound has brought an astounding technological evolution to the field. In particular, cinema sound format has gone from single channel, to stereo, to 4-channel, 5.1-channel and now more channel settings, while the audio effect has evolved from 2D to 3D surround sound. In fact, the 5.1 system features rear speakers that are positioned slightly above the ear-level, which already make the listener feel like the sound is coming from above. Of course, audio innovation didn’t stop there, and we saw the emergence of Dolby Pro Logic IIz and DTS Neo:X, which boast the addition of front-height and rear-height channels. Through the installation of front and rear speakers at higher positions on walls, the sound is rendered more spacious, with more depth and dimension.
With the three 3D sound formats, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D, the height channel speakers are actually placed in the ceiling. Offering various audio channel configurations including 5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.2 and 7.1.4, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X have two or four in-ceiling speakers to deliver sounds that come from above. In the case of Auro-3D, its top-ceiling “Voice of God” channel with front- and rear-height channel speakers, create a truly immersive 3D sound.
《復仇者聯盟 3：無限之戰》不單是《復仇者聯盟》系列的最終章，也是 Marvel Studios 繼《黑豹》之後，另一部 10 周年鉅獻。既是壓軸，又是周年紀念，規模自然絕不會小。經過 10 年來的精心安排，Marvel 電影留下的伏線也會在這集一一拆解。片中將會有 22 個超級英雄出現，陣容龐大。究竟有沒有超級英雄要犧牲？新武器、新戰衣會是甚麼樣子？美國隊長單挑魁隆會否成功？作為 Marvel 迷一定好心急吧！不難預期電影的音效也會是相當突出，對聽覺享受有要求的觀眾，不妨選擇在 Festival Grand 的貴賓影廳觀看，Bowers & Wilkins 的音響設備將會帶你進入復仇者聯盟的電影世界，給你如身臨其境般的震撼體驗！
As the final chapter of the Avengers saga and a celebration of Marvel Cinematic Universe's 10 years of magic and success, Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest, most epic superhero movie ever made. With a decade of careful planning, the film will feature a staggering number of 22 superheroes, and give answers to many questions Marvel has left unsolved, serving as the payoff to several movies that came before it. Will we see superhero deaths? What do the new weapons and costumes look like? Is Captain America going to defeat supervillain Thanos? Find out at the movies! As with all Marvel films, extraordinary sound effects are an integral part of Avengers: Infinity War's storytelling. So for an ultimate viewing experience, watch the movie at the BEA Festival Suite at Festival Grand, and let the Bowers & Wilkins sound system take you into the fantastical world of the Avengers, and immerse yourself in the heart-pounding action!
【700 Series 2 繼承自 800 Series Diamond 的 Aerofoil 低音】
Bowers & Wilkins 700 S2 系列的座地揚聲器型號，都配備了由旗艦 800 Series Diamond 系列繼承而來的 Aerofoil 專利低音單元。有如飛機翼的厚薄變化形狀，可以讓音盆上的氣流消散、避免駐波。同時亦提供了絕佳的韌度和剛性，令單元可以提供深沉、有質感及強勁動態的低音。低音反射氣孔繼續沿用了 Bowers & Wilkins 專利的 Flowport 設計，將低音反射孔兩端開口壓鑄成有如高爾夫球般的凹凸表面，可以有效消除低頻氣流通過時產生的亂流及雜音，獲得更純淨、更高分析力的低音效果。
【700 Series 2. Boasting the Aerofoil Bass Cone from 800 Series Diamond】
All Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series 2 loudspeakers are equipped with the Aerofoil bass cone developed for the brand's flagship 800 Series Diamond. The cone's iconic shape, featuring a continuously variable thickness structure inspired by aerofoils, provides stiffness and rigidity where it's need most, for deep and dynamic bass. In addition, Bowers & Wilkins' patented Flowport design is again used for the reflex port in the bass. It minimises turbulence in the same way as a golf ball. Dimples on the surface generate tiny eddy currents over which air can flow smoothly and silently, reducing turbulence and thus delivering the crystal clear and detail bass sound.
沒有比《死侍》更幽默的漫畫英雄電影！上集叫好叫座，第二集更教人期待。這次繼續瘋狂、暴力、啜核抵死，並且有上集「彩蛋」已預告會登場的「機堡」（Cable）登場，由奧斯卡提名演員Josh Brolin飾演，吸引力大增。新一集講死侍為了拯救一名肥仔細路，找來一眾老友組成「變種部隊」，齊齊出動對抗機堡，過程十分緊張刺激。當然，笑料亦更加密集。千萬別以為「笑片」就沒有突出的音響效果，《死侍 2》一樣有很多大場面，建議大家選擇在 Festival Grand 的貴賓影廳觀看，Bowers & Wilkins的音響設備肯定會令你看得更加投入，笑也笑得更開懷。
Superhero movies don’t come much funnier than Deadpool. Following the success of the 2016 mega hit, Deadpool 2 arrives amidst high expectations, and lives up to the hype. Apart from the cheeky humor, the violence, and all the swearing that its predecessor is known for, the sequel also features a new character, Cable, played by Oscar-nominated actor Josh Brolin. The story, which follows Deadpool’s quest to save a young mutant, Firefist, and the formation of the X-Force, is filled with nail-biting twists and laugh-out-loud moments. But make no mistake. Just because it’s a comedy, it doesn’t mean Deadpool 2 isn’t serious about its sound effects. To fully enjoy this action-packed romp, watch it at the BEA Festival Suite at Festival Grand, and let the Bowers & Wilkins sound system give you a more immersive viewing experience and bigger laughs.
很少女性音樂人像 Meshell Ndegeocello 那樣多才多藝，她除了是一名擅長演繹騷靈、R&B 風格的歌手外，也懂得 Rap，而且彈得一手出色的低音結他。闊別 4 年，新碟《Ventriloquism》終於推出，Meshell 挑選了一些她成長時期喜愛的 80 和 90 年代經典，重新演繹，絕對別有一番風味，個人風格之強烈，聽著聽著就忘記那是翻唱歌曲了。選曲包括有 Prince、TLC、Janet Jackson 等歌手組合的名作，而較為香港樂迷熟悉的，則要數到 Sade 的超級經典〈Smooth Operator〉，新版以男聲獨白切入，配以充滿狠勁的 synth bass 演奏與搶耳節拍，加上 Meshell 感性的聲線，效果讓人耳目一新。
Few musicians are as versatile as Meshell Ndegeocello, a soul and jazz singer-songwriter who also happens to be an excellent rapper and bassist. Her latest album Ventriloquism, arriving four years after her last, is a selection of 80s and 90s classics that the singer grew up with, reinterpreted with a sound and a style so personal and unique that you forget that they are covers. The album features iconic tracks from Prince, TLC and Janet Jackson, as well as Sade's Smooth Operator, a 1984 hit well-known to Hong Kong music lovers. Opening with a monologue, Ndegeocello's version of Smooth Operator boasts an edgy synth bassline, groovy beats and her mesmerizing voice, making it a stunning reimagination of an old classic.
聽Jon Hopkins的音樂，你可能不會想像得到，他自小學習鋼琴，而且有很紮實的古典音樂根基。長大後，他選擇了向電子音樂的領域進發，曾跟Brian Eno和Coldplay合作，個人專輯《Immunity》更曾獲英國Mercury Prize提名，外界一致叫好。相隔5年，新作《Singularity》以充滿空間感的氛圍作為骨幹，像把我們帶入了浩瀚宇宙一樣。專輯最初幾首樂曲以連綿而且低頻豐厚的節拍，先聲奪人，其後漸漸回歸靜態，偶爾還散落一些鋼琴音色和人聲唱詠點綴，讓這段宇宙之旅在刺激過後，再添上幾分神秘色彩，甚至讓人進入冥想狀態。
Listening to Jon Hopkins' music, you probably wouldn't have guessed that he's a classically-trained musician who started playing the piano at a young age. As a teenager, Hopkins developed a passion for electronic music, and went on to collaborate with industry heavyweights like Brian Eno and Coldplay. His critically-acclaimed 2013 solo album, Immunity, was nominated for a Mercury Prize. Five years later, the Englishman returns with a new offering titled Singularity. Dazzling with rhythmic grooves and a cosmic ambience, the album is a mesmerizing combination of hypnotic beats, beautiful piano melodies, and soothing vocals. By turns exciting, mysterious, and calming, Singularity is an emotional and spiritual exercise that might just send you into a state of meditation.
【認識Bowers & Wilkins 3大揚聲器系列 —— 800鑽石系列】
Bowers & Wilkins的揚聲器系列眾多，今次就介紹一下Bowers & Wilkins的不同Line-up，讓大家可以由型號開始，逐漸了解更多。
Bowers & Wilkins的旗艦800系列，採用鑽石高音單元，來到第3代800鑽石系列，進行了全面的革新，由單元、物料到箱體都重新設計，令經典的800系列表現更上一層樓。設有800 D3、802 D3、803 D3、804 D3四款座地揚聲器，以及805 D3書架揚聲器、HTM1 D3、HTM2 D3兩款中置揚聲器和DB1超低音。
【Get to Know Bowers & Wilkins' Three Loudspeaker Series —— 800 Series Diamond】
Bowers & Wilkins offers a wide range of loudspeakers. Today, we are giving you a brief introduction to our three loudspeaker series. Starting from here, you will get a better understanding of our impressive lineup of products.
800 Series Diamond
A flagship range by Bowers & Wilkins, the 800 Series is characterized by its groundbreaking diamond tweeter domes. The third-generation 800 Series Diamond has undergone an extensive redesign in units, materials and body, elevating the classic 800 Series on all fronts. The range consists of four floor-standing speakers (800 D3, 802 D3, 803 D3 and 804 D3), two center speakers (HTM1 D3 and HTM2 D3), the 805 D3 bookshelf speaker, and the DB1 subwoofer.