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I will be running a free CEDIA training session on the Congard Code method of Home Cinema installation on Thursday, June 14th 2018.

The Congard Code is an innovative approach to sound system design offering unique benefits:

Recreate The Thrilling Experience Of Full-Scale Commercial Cinema At Home

Achieve Uniform Sound Quality Throughout The Audience - Forget About The “Sweet Spot”

Reference Sound Pressure Level Playback

Simple Installation Guidelines

The Audio Excellence Series, Calibrated Using The Congard Code, Is Currently Turning Heads In The AV Industry.

The talk will be followed by a demonstration of the Audio Excellence medium-size system, installed in the auditorium next to the training room.

Attendance of this training session is awarded 2.5 CEU points by CEDIA.

The address is:

  • CAVD
  • G, Rose Business Estate
  • Marlowe SL7 3ND
  • June 14, 10:00 a.m.

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Book Your Seat

Kind Regards,

Patrice Congard

How Much Do You Trust Independent Reviews?

Perhaps it depends on the publication or even the reviewer….

In our industry, Widescreen Review has a long-standing reputation as a world-wide reference for product evaluation. I couldn’t help feeling a slight sense of trepidation when putting our Audio Excellence system in the hands of reviewer Doug Blackburn.

I had no doubts about the quality of our system and its ability to deliver, but who wouldn’t be anxious when having years of work assessed by an industry tastemaker!

After several weeks, the first part of Doug’s evaluation was published. Although only a description of the system, its various components and of theory behind the configuration, it showed an understanding of the purpose and design of Audio Excellence and what this particular 7.1 system hoped to prove.

One month later came the publication of part two, the real evaluation.

What a wonderful surprise!

I am so delighted to receive such a glowing review and intuitive comments from Doug Blackburn that I feel I must share at least one with you:

"Audio Excellence likens the performance to bringing the sound of commercial theatres into your home, but I’ve only been to one commercial theatre that sounded remotely as good as this Audio Excellence home theatre system."

Visit and read the full article here

Kind Regards,

Patrice Congard

All Audio Excellence products have been designed with the utmost attention to detail, embodying state-of-the-art knowledge to deliver the ultimate listening experience.

If you have not registered with Audio Excellence already, please do so here for full access to our full range of online resources.

In the USA:
Tel: + 1 631.849.4301

In the UK and the rest of the world:
Tel: + 44 (0)1394 420 220

Join Us As We Welcome Our First US Sales Reps.

Selling in many markets around the world since its 2016 launch, Audio Excellence made its North American debut at the 2017 CEDIA Expo. Garnering critical acclaim, the line has begun to take root amongst high-end home theatre designers in the US. The brand is developing a national sales network, today announcing the appointment of its first independent sales reps in the US, with opportunities for representation in other territories.

Just In Case You Don't Know The Background:

Designed by Patrice Congard the Audio Excellence system is comprised of custom-made speakers, multi-channel amps and DSP control – often used in conjunction with an acoustically transparent film screen. The system follows Patrice’s patented approach to layout logic and signal routing known as the ‘Congard Code’. The result is a home theatre experience that yields the type of superior dialogue intelligibility and bass management witnessed only in professional and commercial cinemas.

The Audio Excellence Series Of Loudspeakers and Amplifiers

Metro New York integration firm S.E.A.L. Solutions serves VIP clientele including athletes and Hollywood actors. “Whether we get called to design a theater from the ground-up or simply upgrade to 3D audio, the heightened realism of the Audio Excellence system is hugely exciting to our customers. The added bonus is that this helps me further differentiate S.E.A.L. from others,” says S.E.A.L. principal Chris Wyllie.

Audio Excellence has appointed its first independent sales rep firms, well-versed in the benefits of building home theatres around acoustically-transparent film screens. They are:

  • - The Dan Drook Group, Dan Drook: Covering Ohio, W. Virginia, W. Pennsylvania and Indiana and Kentucky.
    Email: / Phone: 574.527.7587.
  • - Accent Marketing Associates, Wayne Brown: Covering Illinois and Wisconsin.
    Email: / 630.515.1141.
  • - BrandReps USA, Howard Borsa: Covering Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
    Email: / Phone: 770.286.0089.
  • - Pacific Rim NW Marketing, Dee Farr and Mark Giovannetti: Covering Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and N. Idaho.
    Dee Farr Email: / Phone: 425.503.8720.
    Mark Giovannetti Email: / Phone: 206.334.2155.
  • - Current Marketing, Paul Epstein: Covering Arizona, New Mexico, Clark County Nevada and El Paso Texas.
    Email: / Phone: 480.922.0200.

Open Territories

Limited opportunities currently exist for representation in other areas of North America and distribution in other global markets.

Public relations & marketing firm Muto Communications is managing US business development. Contact Paul Muto at / 631.849.4301. For the rest of the world contact / +44 1 394 420 220

If you have not registered with Audio Excellence already, please do so here for full access to our full range of online resources.

For more information, please visit or contact us

Kind Regards,

Simon Britcliffe
Marketing Manager

Do You Know About Edge Diffraction?

Cabinet edge diffraction is a phenomenon where secondary sound sources are created by acoustic diffraction on the edges of the cabinet at certain frequencies. These interfere with the loudspeaker’s initial wave. The result is a colouration or “blurring” of the sound.
To avoid this, the front edges of the speaker can be rounded – This is quite common in speaker design.

However, a minimal cabinet depth, as exhibited by the Vertex Series of loudspeakers, prohibits this traditional way of combating edge diffraction.

How Does The Vertex Series Solve Edge Diffraction?

The design brief was to produce a range of high performance, high SPL, high sensitivity loudspeakers, whilst maintaining a shallow cabinet depth capable of in-wall installation.
The Vertex series takes a ground-breaking approach to design. The most noticeable feature is the unusual use of foam on the front of each unit.
You might be wondering why the foam is used and why it sets our Home Theater audio solutions apart from the competition.

The Vertex series of loudspeakers uses absorbent foam to solve edge diffraction whilst maintaining the shallow cabinet depth required for in wall installation.

The foam is a highly absorbent material. Surrounding the drive units, it absorbs the surface wave, hence reducing edge diffraction. Using this approach ensures that the clarity of sound from the drive units is uncompromised, whilst maintaining a physically very shallow depth loudspeaker capable of in-wall installation.

Initially available in “pearl grey” an additional colour option of black is now available.

Kind Regards,

Patrice Congard

All Audio Excellence products have been designed with the utmost attention to detail, embodying state-of-the-art knowledge to deliver the ultimate listening experience.

Vertex: An Unconventional Look For A Good Reason.

If you have not registered with Audio Excellence already, please do so here for full access to our full range of online resources.

In the USA:
Tel: + 1 631.849.4301

In the UK and the rest of the world:
Tel: + 44 (0)1394 420 220

We've been in business for 10 years! Time really flies!

Screen Excellence opened it's doors in England 10 years ago this February and quickly evolved to be a market leader in Acoustically Transparent screen technology.

Subsequently, gathering feedback and insight into the needs of the custom installer, we soon discovered something lacking in the Home Theatre Audio domain: Dedicated High-SPL, high dynamic range, lifestyle loudspeakers and audio systems.

Beginning in 2015, an intensive 2-year period of R&D yielded an audio solution to meet these exacting criteria, resulting in a unique approach to producing an accurate and powerful rendering of sound.

Debuted live at CEDIA 17 to an expectant audience, our complete system was awarded “Best Demo In Show” by AVS forum.

We believe your clients deserve a true cinematic experience.

The Audio Excellence range, in harmony with a Screen Excellence AT projection screen, combine effortlessly to make this dream a reality.

To discuss the unique prospect of partnership for distributors willing to offer this award winning screen and audio combination to their clients, please make an appointment to visit stand 1-Q110 at ISE 2018.

For more information, please visit or contact us

Kind Regards,

Patrice Congard

Audio Excellence Joins The Cinema Designer Database

Audio Excellence is pleased to announce that its products are available within home theatre design software, The Cinema Designer’s manufacturer database, allowing any home cinema installer, designer or dealer anywhere in the world to design technically accurate home cinemas and media rooms using the brand’s range of home theatre audio products.

Detailed dimensions of the Audio Excellence products are used to recreate them within TCD.

Audio Excellence’s home theatre products are available now in TCD, comprising the Vertex series of loudspeakers, Raijuu range of subwoofers, Quattro series of amplifiers, Octo eight-channel power amplifier, and Control 4.8 DSP crossover.

Accurate CAD drawings are generated quickly using TCD

TCD users can confidently design technically accurate 32 channel count Dolby Atmos and DTS:X home cinemas using Audio Excellence’s products; TCD will calculate the exact speaker placements in seconds.

TCD eliminates the guesswork when it comes to placing all the required loudspeakers accurately in a room in a way that is relative to the listening area, while eliminating equipment combinations that simply won't work. In fact, using TCD is the only way home technology professionals can accurately design technically perfect high spatial resolution home theatres in minutes.

Additionally, close collaboration to successfully implement The Congard Code approach to audio system design within TCD is underway.

Screen Excellence’s range of home theatre screens are also available in TCD.

“Audio Excellence’s and Screen Excellence’s company’s founder, Patrice Congard is a very well-respected individual in this industry, and Audio Excellence as a company reflects this,” comments TCD MD, Guy Singleton. “We are very pleased to be able to offer these products to our users around the globe.”

“We are thrilled to have all of our products now embedded in TCD software. This will make it easy for our customers to specify our products and to design elegant solutions for their clients.” Adds Audio Excellence CEO, Patrice Congard. “We are convinced that TCD offers the ideal platform to bring our brand and philosophy to new audiences on a worldwide scale.”

TCD is also offering any Audio Excellence dealer complimentary TCD webinar training, which will guide the attendee through the entire cinema or media room design process. Those wanting to take advantage of this should email to book a training session.

Installers are required to create a TCD account to start designing home cinemas and media rooms. For more info on TCD subscription options and pricing, click here.

Click here for a video tutorial of the complete TCD cinema design process.

What do the experts say about TCD? Watch this short video to find out.

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In the USA:
Tel: + 1 631.849.4301

In the UK and the rest of the world:
Tel: + 44 (0)1394 420 220

For more information, please visit or contact us

Kind Regards,

Patrice Congard

Have you ever visited a post-production studio?

Published 2nd November 2017 | By Simon Britcliffe

If you have experienced this incredibly creative environment you may also have been lucky enough to be present at the magic moment when the movie producer, editor, sound engineer and the crew.... all tired... late at night, decide that, "Yes! it’s in the box - Job done!". A pure moment of achievement, relief and happiness!

The post-production team have just scrutinized the movie "just one last time" and agreed that it delivers a fantastic experience. They are proud of what they have produced, and sincerely hope that as many moviegoers as possible will share an identical experience.

Unfortunately only a handful of high-end commercial theatres are capable of reproducing this TRUE experience, most people will not have access to this level of performance and detail, due to less than accurate playback systems, or even flat panel TVs!

Understandably, most people don't have access to the level of performance and detail experienced in a post-production suite. comes the challenge: To deliver the TRUE experience in a Home Theater.

This is why Audio Excellence has developed The Congard Code.

The approach is controversial but the results are undisputed and award winning.

Discover how and why Audio Excellence provides the TRUE experience here.

Remember, you can also access a complete guide to Home Theater installation here.

If you have not registered already, please do so here for full access to our full range of online resources.

In the USA:
Tel: + 1 631.849.4301

In the UK and the rest of the world:
Tel: + 44 (0)1394 420 220

For more information, please visit or contact us

Kind Regards,

Patrice Congard

A visit to Loudness Films Studio in Lisbon was illuminating...

Published 26th October 2017 | By Simon Britcliffe

Let’s face it, I am lucky!

A few years ago, we sold a Screen Excellence projection screen to Loudness Films Studio in Lisbon, Portugal. This facility is run by Branko Neskov, a world renowned sound engineer.

So, when on holiday in Lisbon last week, I rang Branko and asked him if I could visit his studio.

He welcomed me warmly, and here I was: In a great Dolby Atmos mixing/dubbing studio in the sweet town of Lisbon.

Branko ran a demo, first with the usual Dolby test Blu-ray, which I am familiar with, and then with an extract of a movie they have been producing locally, in Catalan language.

The sound was powerful, clean, detail-rich and beyond any shortcoming. The Atmos localisation worked as well as I had ever heard.

Then I had the opportunity to discuss the studio set-up with Julius « Joules » Newell - the system designer. This is where it gets seriously interesting…

Continue reading here.

Remember, you can also access a complete guide to Home Theater installation here.

If you have not registered already, please do so here for full access to our full range of online resources.

In the USA:
Tel: + 1 631.849.4301

In the UK and the rest of the world:
Tel: + 44 (0)1394 420 220

For more information, please visit or contact us

Kind Regards,

Patrice Congard

Audio Excellence wins "Best of CEDIA" award!

Thanks for visiting us!

As the dust finally settles on our most successful CEDIA event to date, we’d like to say thank you for visiting what AVS Forum’s Scott Wilkinson called the “Best overall demo” at CEDIA 2017. The Audio Excellence/Seymour Screen Excellence/Wolf booth was understandably rammed for the entirety of the show!

The San Diego convention center was the perfect setting for the launch of our flagship audio range and the response from visitors and reviewers alike has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic, truly cementing the status of Audio Excellence and Screen Excellence as ground-breaking leaders in the AV market.

Here's what people are saying about Audio Excellence already:

“The best overall demo I experienced at CEDIA was presented by Seymour-Screen Excellence, Audio Excellence, and Wolf Cinema. The sound of the 7.2.4 Audio Excellence system was superb—loud but not fatiguing—and the Wolf TXF-5000 4Klaser-illuminated projector produced the best image I saw at the show. That image was supported by the newly introduced Seymour-Screen Excellence Enlightor-Neo acoustically transparent screen measuring 142″ diagonally. I could have stayed in that room for hours!”

- Scott Wilkinson on September 13, 2017

"Quite a few audio and video companies joined forces to showoff unique projector-based home theater systems at CEDIA 2017, and none of them compared to the Seymour-Screen Excellence/Wolf Cinema/Audio Excellence demo room."

- Todd Anderson on September 13, 2017

As enquiries from new dealers start to flow in, we encourage you to contact us sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. We’d also love to hear your thoughts on your first experience of the Audio Excellence system.

In the USA:
Tel: + 1 631.849.4301

In the UK and the rest of the world:
Tel: + 44 (0)1394 420 220

For more information, please visit or contact us

Kind Regards,

Patrice Congard

7 + 1 = 8! Would you agree?

If you are a custom installer, you will immediately appreciate the benefit of using an 8 channel amplifier in a 7.1 system installation.

Now, encompassing more ambitious formats, in a 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos or any 3D audio format, an 8 channel amplifier would be most welcome to juice up the surround and ceiling speakers in one go.

The requirement for an 8 channel amplifier is quite apparent, hence there are already a few available on the market. However, these convenient amplifiers are most generally underpowered, as their designs face power supply limitations.

As you are probably already aware, an underpowered amplifier has a most derogatory effect on the sound quality and loudspeaker life in an audio chain: A clipping amplifier always sounds worse than one that is not clipping. Moreover, it is likely to damage your loudspeakers.

This is the reason why Audio Excellence are launching our brand new Octo 05 amplifier.

The Octo 05 provides a healthy 500 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms or 900 Watts into 4 Ohms, simultaneously.

Operating in class D, it uses ultrafast switches allowing a >109 dB signal / noise ratio, hence avoiding the often derided “digital” sound.

The result is a great sound! Comparable to a high end analogue amplifier with substantially more power.

At this stage, you might expect it to cost an arm and a leg… the good news is: Not really!

Interested? Curious? Give us a call on + 44 (0) 1 394 420 220

Kind Regards,

Patrice Congard

Audio Excellence are delighted to announce our UK distribution will be exclusively handled by Custom AV Distribution!

Sister brand Screen Excellence and CAVD have been working together successfully since 2015 helping integrators to supply our coveted projection screens to many home cinema projects. Furthermore, from inside the walls of our Suffolk factory there has been extensive research and development throughout 2016 to bring a new speaker system to market. Along with the products themselves, the Congard Code will ensure the best results when installing the system.

Patrice Congard’s ‘Audio Excellence’ is now ready to be installed into any lucky enthusiast’s home and, together with CAVD, we are looking forward to a prosperous relationship throughout the UK. CAVD are also about to unveil their new demonstration facility in Marlow featuring an Audio Excellence Dolby Atmos speaker system in the cinema showroom to introduce the sound and code to dealers.

Jaro and Jamie at Essential Install Live! 2017

Please join us in welcoming Jamie Pullen and his team to our Audio Excellence distribution network!

Kind Regards,

Jaro Pollanen

Now it is easy for you!

Compared to the basic-entry level- approach of a single do-it-all receiver, ultimate audio performance requires a combination of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and large power amplification. However, this also requires quite a few cables and some careful wiring.

To make your life easier, you can now get the this same high performance in a single unit, eliminating any intermediate wiring.

DSP Quattro 06

Designed for ultimate performance and flexibility with extreme ease of installation, the DSP Quattro 06 is combining a digital active crossover with a 4 channel high-power amplifier. Any of the 4 input signals can be routed to any of the outputs or summed on any single output making this is the ideal solution for powering the L,C,R channel speakers with a summed channel bass extension.

DSP crossover
24/48 D/A converters & processor, Full PC parameters control

  • Frequency response: 20 Hz- 20 kHz +/- 0.25dB
  • Signal / Noise ratio: >110 dB
  • THD 20 Hz-20 kHz @ 1 W: <0.01%
  • Mute: Individual on all inputs and outputs
  • Processor: 48 kHz, 48 bit floating point
  • PC port com: 1 x USB; 2 RS 485
  • Output Impedance: Balanced 100 Ω
  • Input Impedance: Balanced 20 kΩ
  • Input EQ: 6-band parametric; lo-shelf; hi-shelf
  • Input delay: range 0 to 1000 ms
  • Output gain: -12 dB to + 12 dB
  • Output EQ: 6-band parametric; lo-shelf; hi-shelf
  • Output Xover: Bessel, Butterworth; LR 12, 18, 24, 32, 48 dB/Octave
  • Routing: Any of each input can be assigned to each output

High-power 4 channel amplifier
4 x 600 Watts into 8Ω, 4 x 1,200 Watts into 4Ω

  • Frequency response: 20 Hz- 20 kHz +/- 0.5 dB
  • Signal / Noise ratio: >110 dBA
  • THD 20 Hz-20 kHz @ 1 W: <0.1%
  • Channel separation: > 70 dB
  • Cooling: Silent fans
  • Class: TD
  • 4 channels
  • 4 x 600 W into 8 Ohms
  • 4 x 1200 W into 4 Ohms
  • 2 x 2400 W into 8 Ohms in bridge mode
  • Height: 2 U
  • Output connectors: 4 x Speakon 2

And to really make it easy for you, why not also try our complementary Sound System Design for your next installation?
You can send your request to

For more information please visit or contact us at

Kind Regards,

Patrice Congard - CEO

We are excited to introduce to you our brand new product line: Audio Excellence.

Published 5th July 2016 | By Jaro Pollanen

It has been specially designed for dedicated home theater installations, to reproduce the TRUE cinema sound at the same quality, and at the same Sound Pressure Levels as you would experience in the finest full size movie theater or cinema: continuous 105dB up to 10m distance! Yet it is easy to install behind the screen.

Here is what people thought so far:

"It was a pleasure to listen to a coherent and accurate system, there are precious few people who understand fundamental speaker design, time alignment, phase coherent and impulse response, a recipe for an accurate reproduction of sound"
James Soanes, Technical Officer, OPPO Digital UK Ltd.

"Liked the idea of having separate bass unit from main 3 speakers. Good sound from nice size speakers!"
Ricky Jennings, Director, Kalibrate Limited

"The new audio system is fantastic! Really enjoyed it!"
Jamie Pullen, Custom AV Distribution

"Speaker system was very good!"
Peter Walker, Founder & CEO, City Home Cinemas

And here some press coverage.

Please visit our website for the full specifications of the products and a range of recommended configurations for home theaters. Register, and you'll receive a free welcome gift: Guide to the True Experience in a Home Theater Installation

Patrice Congard - CEO
Jaro Pollanen - COO


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