Creating the Most Immersive Audio Experience: Dolby Atmos in Home Theater Systems

08/17/2015

If you have been to a movie theater to enjoy a movie, chances are you have experienced the latest surround sound technology, the Dolby Atmos.

Dolby introduced the Atmos surround sound technology at the Dolby Theater in 2012 during the premiere of Pixar’s “Brave.” Since then, there are now over 2,000 movie theater locations equipped with this surround sound technology.

It was not until 2014 that Dolby Laboratories and its hardware partners announced that Dolby Atmos would be integrated into home theater systems, albeit with a slight adjustment to the commercial applications of the technology.

Some of the leading manufacturers of home entertainment devices that have incorporated Dolby Atmos surround sound technology into their product offerings include Marantz, Onkyo, Pioneer, Denon and Yamaha. Other lesser-known manufacturers have also adopted the surround sound technology into their products.

What is Dolby Atmos?

In short, Dolby Atmos surround sound system is an audio technology that can create a 3D aural experience. In order to achieve this, speakers are placed above the audience in a theater. The Atmos technology enables filmmakers to place sound elements in a 3D space. Unlike traditional 5.1 and 7.1 Dolby surround systems, Atmos allows the sound engineer pick a point in a 3D space and the Atmos system will adjust accordingly to output sound from the appropriate speaker. The result is anenhanced audio experience that makes you feel immersed in the movies.

Dolby Atmos in Home Theater Systems

First, you would need new hardware, an A/V receiver with an Atmos renderer and Atmos enabled speakers. The Atmos renderer will perform a room calibration to map out the 3D space of a room. This will allow it to create the best audio 3D landscape. Then, you can use ceiling-mount speakers or speakers that point up to bounce sound off the ceiling in order to create a 3D audio environment.

If you are intrigued with this latest surround sound technology, contact us and speak to one of our audio experts. The audio and video experts at Premiere Home Entertainment are highly knowledgeable in the latest home entertainment technology. We can design, plan and install your entire home entertainment centers. Decide if Dolby Atmos is right for your home theater needs bycontacting us today.