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Todd Berlin - Customer Service Specialist : Online Sales
Todd Berlin – Customer Service Specialist : Online Sales

Dolby Atmos is here. Many of the brand new 2014/15 AV receivers are shipping with Dolby Atmos either built-in or available free via an update. To be honest there’s so many Dolby codes out there and I did roll my eyes when someone mentioned it to me initially, but Atmos is actually really cool!

Instead of being based on specific channels, Atmos revolves around ‘audio objects’ that are placed in a space. So rather than the sound engineer deciding what speaker(s) a particular sound comes from, he can literally describe a direction it should come from and move to in a 3D space. What’s so great about this, is it means that there’s a whole lot more freedom when designing your home theatre (or adapting your current one for that matter) and should give more realistic and impacting results than ever before.

Dolby Atmos
Something Dolby has specified for Atmos systems in the home is that there should be overhead speakers as well as rear ones – either 2 or 4. In reality, sound comes from all around us and overhead speakers allow a more life-like sound stage to re-create the scene you’re watching. This is great for those with overheads already installed, and for those that either don’t/can’t/would prefer not to, there are other options available to get a similar result.

You can get set-up for Atmos quite easily. It will be delivered either digitally or by bluray disc, so all your current bluray players and HDMI 1.4 cables will be sufficient. You’ll also need an Atmos enabled AV receiver or dedicated Atmos decoder and a minimum of a 5.1.2 surround sound speaker configuration (Left, Centre, Right, Left Surround, Right Surround + Sub + Left overhead, right overhead). While there’s little to no Dolby Atmos content available at the moment, it’s definitely where everything is moving towards, – so read up before your next big home theatre upgrade. This article on the Dolby website is very helpful if you’re looking for some more info.

As always, we’re happy to help so call us on 1300 VIDEOPRO, email us or jump on LiveChat if you have any questions.

Dolby Atmos

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