List of film sound systems

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The following is a list of film sound systems.

Explanation[edit]

  • The year shown may represent a patent or other developmental milestone rather than the first use in public.
  • Technologically identical systems may have been promoted under different trade names by different commercial entities.
  • The approximate number of films credited to each system is taken from the Internet Movie Database.

Sound systems[edit]

Year Name Number of films
2002 12-Track Digital Sound 40
1953 3 Channel Stereo 51
1953 4-Track Stereo (CinemaScope) 586
1955 6-Track Stereo (Todd-AO and compatibles) 89
1955 70 mm 6-Track 527
1934 Afifa Ton-Kopie 1
1950 AGA Sound System 7
1909 Animatophone 3
1928 Aurofone 1
1943 B.A.F. Sound System 2
1907 Biophone 2
1938 Blue Seal Noiseless Recording 1
1929 Bristolphone 2
2001 Broadway Surround 1
1909 Cameraphone 1
1921 Case 1
1990 CDS 11
1974 Chace Surround 8
1905 Chronophone 106
1910 Chronomegaphone 1
1990 Cinema Digital Sound 5
1907 Cinematophone 53
1904 Cineophone 2
1909 Cinephone Lubin 57
1952 Cinerama 7-Track 13
1911 Cinephonograph 1
1949 Cinesound 10
1908 Cinophone 2
1923 De Forest Phonofilm 213
2002 Digitrac Digital Audio System 12
1975 Dolby 12497
2012 Dolby Atmos ?
1993 Dolby Digital 19652
1999 Dolby Digital EX 288
1985 Dolby SR (Surround) 5865
2010 Dolby Surround 7.1 50
1993 DTS 3735
1996 DTS 70 mm 28
2001 DTS-8 2
1999 DTS-ES 93
1994 DTS-Stereo 137
1996 DX Stereo 3
1940 Fantasound 1
1929 Filmtone 2
1998 Full Range Recording System 5
1920 Gaumontphone 1
1898 Hollmann–Eaves 1
1973 IMAX 6-Track 25
1933 International Recording Engineers System 2
1992 Iwerks Digital Audio 5
1894 Kinetophone (Dickson) 7
1889 Kinetophone (Edison) 1
1958 Kinopanorama 9-Track 6
1913 Kinoplasticon 12
1956 Klangfilm Magnetocord 3
1954 Klangfilm-Stereocord 3
1990 LC-Concept Digital Sound 22
1969 Li-Westrex System 1
1938 Magnaphone Western Electric 3
1962 Magnetocord 1
1988 Matrix Surround 24
1929 Mono 137936
1925 Movietone 20
1938 Optiphone 5
1964 Ortiphone 1
1907 Oskar Messter 1
1949 Perspecta Stereo 58
1933 Phillips Sound 3
1900 Phono-Bio-Taleaux 1
1900 Phono-Cinema-Theatre 7
1921 Phono-Kinema 11
1922 Phonofilm 248
1921 Photokinema 8
1925 Photophone (RCA) 3
1914 Polyscope 2
1936 Pulvári System 5
1970 Quadrophonic 3
1975 Quintaphonic 1
1987 Sony Dynamic Digital Sound (SDDS) 2005
1977 Sensurround 13
1992 Servotron Stereo 5
1896 Silent 95017
1985 Sonics 4
1996 Sonics-DDP 47
1994 Sonix 13
1928 Sonora-Bristolphone 1
1997 Sound 360° 2
1992 Sound Trax Surround Stereo 4
1995 Soundelux 1
1965 Spectra-Stereo 2
1972 Stereo 45374
1978 Super Space Sound 1
1929 Synchrotone 2
1939 Synthetic 4
1932 Systemi A. Shorin 2
1940 Système Cottet 3
1933 Tagephone 1
2005 TMH Labs 10.2 Channel Sound 1
1928 Tobis (Tonbild Syndicat) 80
1922 Tri-Ergon Sound System 68 mm 2
1982 Ultra Stereo 1007
1938 Variray Blue Seal Recording 3
1935 Visatone 3
1980 Vistasonic 2
1925 Vitagraph 3
1926 Vitaphone 356
1911 Vivaphone 1
1921 Western Electric 20
1925 Westrex (Fox & Western Electric) 5
1938 Wicmar and Blue Seal Noiseless Recording 1

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