Video: Dolby Atmos Surround Sound
The most immersive home theater sound ever
Dolby Atmos takes traditional surround sound to new heights by adding sound overhead. This height layer of sound gives movie soundtracks a more three-dimensional effect so you can enjoy them more than ever. You'll need a few things to enjoy Atmos in your home, which our expert Eric explains in this short video.
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Dolby Atmos is a new audio format for creating and playing back multi-channel movie soundtracks. Atmos takes traditional surround sound and adds sound overhead to create the most immersive movie sound ever. We asked our expert Eric to explain how to add Atmos to your setup and what you can expect.
If you wanted to hear something like a helicopter taking off and then landing, that helicopter would start in a front speaker, travel around you and land behind you. But in an Atmos setup, that helicopter will start in front of you, take off, travel overhead, and land behind you. Dolby Atmos has been in the theaters for a couple of years now and this gives us the opportunity to bring that full movie theater sound experience into our homes.
So in a typical surround sound setup we look at that as maybe a 5.1 or 7.1 setup. That first number represents how many speakers that you have. The second number represents a subwoofer channel. In a Dolby Atmos setup, you'll have those same two numbers, but that'll be followed by another number. So for example, you'll have a 5.1.2 setup. That .2 represents your height speakers. That could also be a .4 as well.
You'll need a few things to get Dolby Atmos in your house. First off you'll need a home theater receiver that has Dolby Atmos processing. And you'll also need some height speakers. So you can do this one of two ways. You can either add in ceiling speakers, or you can get Dolby Atmos speakers that actually reflect sound off of your ceiling.