Dolby Atmos Home Theater

Feel Every Dimension

Dolby Atmos is the next revolution for sound in home entertainment.

It brings the ultimate cinema sound experience to your home theater to create powerful, moving audio. Sound moves around you in three-dimensional space, so you feel like you're inside the action.

The sounds of a tropical storm are as palpable as if it were raining in your living room.

Dolby Atmos Redefines Your Entertainment Experience

Frees sound to move all around you

Rather than being constrained to channels, sounds exist as individual entities that are precisely placed and moved in three-dimensional space.

Adds an overhead dimension

A new sensation of height immerses you in the action, creating a full audio atmosphere and realistically depicting objects moving overhead.

Produces breathtaking sound quality

Dolby Atmos renders everything from dialogue to quiet scenes to whirlwind action with astonishing clarity, richness, detail, and depth.

Creates a powerfully moving entertainment experience

It all comes together in sound that excites your senses and inspires your emotions to deliver the full impact of entertainment.

How is Dolby Atmos Different From My Current Home Theater Setup?

A typical surround sound system is 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1. As an example, a 7.1 system would utilize seven speakers (7) and a subwoofer (.1):

  • Fronts (left and right)
  • Center
  • Surrounds (left and right)
  • Rears (left and right)

This arrangement of speakers allows producers to send sounds to any of them as they see fit.  However, the balance is purely done by the level of sound sent to each channel.

Dolby Atmos adds 2-4 more speakers to the equation.  Ideally these will be placed in the ceiling aimed down towards the primary seats.  Two in front of the listening area and two behind the listening area. By adding these ceiling speakers, Dolby Atmos adds a digit to the numerical description of home theater speakers.

The typical home configuration will be one of the following:

  • 5.1.2
  • 5.1.4
  • 7.1.2
  • 7.1.4.

Dolby Surround 7.1

Dolby Surround 7.1

Dolby Atmos 7.1.4

Dolby Atmos 7.1.4

Audio Objects vs. Channels

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format where sounds exist as individual entities known as audio objects, instead of being assigned to channels.

Now imagine this: instead of using just level controls, audio engineers now have a 3D map of the entire space.  Think about a 3D rectangle that started with your front speakers, went up to the ceiling and all the way to the back wall.  Atmos gives them the ability to place a sound anywhere in a room in three dimensional space, including overhead!  As a matter of fact, every single sound has Meta data attached to it to tell the Atmos processor where to locate the sound.

In the past, Dolby has recommended the surround and rear speakers be positioned slightly above the listening area to add a sense of height.  With the addition of in ceiling speakers for the height channels, new home theaters will have the normal sides and rears more at ear level to give a bigger space for the 3D sound to occur within.


What Do I Need to Upgrade to Dolby Atmos?

First of all, the good news is, if you have a fairly current Blu-Ray player, it will decode Atmos.  Any Blu-Ray player with 1.4 HDMI capabilities can play Atmos.  You will need a new surround sound receiver or preamp/processor and the additional speakers.  Our favorite receiver brand, Integra, has several Atmos enabled receivers and a great preamp processor.

Once you have Atmos set up, all of your movies will become even better.  The Atmos system even uses up-sampling to use your Dolby Atmos speakers in a movie with 5.1!

Contact Audio Advice Today

Interested in learning more about Dolby Atmos? Simply fill out the form at the top of this page, or call or visit our Raleigh or Charlotte Showrooms to speak to one of our experts and get a demo! Once you hear it, you will want it!

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