What is Dolby Atmos?

What is Dolby Atmos?

We’ve all got used to the progressions in the Audio-Visual world over the years, each time giving a real improvement in how surround sound is delivered in our homes. For the majority of these new standards, they’ve revolved around a standard 5.1 or 7.1 speaker set up (front speakers, centre speaker, back speakers and rear speakers and a subwoofer).

 In 2012, Dolby announced one of the most immersive formats to date called Dolby Atmos. This has fast become the “must have” box tick when auditioning an AV amplifier but exactly what is it and how does it work?

 Dolby Atmos can reproduce up to 128 simultaneous “audio objects” in a mix for rich, realistic and breath-taking sound. This means that you can have sound moving around you and above seamlessly to create a 3D soundscape in your own home. 

 You can experience Dolby Atmos by adding “height channels” in conjunction (for example) with a traditional 5.1 set up. This can be done by adding 2 Atmos/height speakers making a 5.1.2 set up (five surround speakers, a subwoofer and two Atmos speakers) or a 5.1.4 set up with four Atmos/height speakers.

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So how can you upgrade a system to Atmos or build a new home cinema system?

 A lot of the cinemas we install for our customers use in ceiling speakers for the height channels, however this isn’t always possible to do in the home. To solve this challenge, we also have a range of Dolby Atmos enabled speakers which are designed differently to a traditional speaker and essentially up-fire so that the sound rebounds off the ceiling which gives you the illusion of sound coming from above.

 Once integrated with an AV receiver that is Atmos enabled any content you play which is formatted in Dolby Atmos (streamed or on Blu-Ray) will sound out of this world!

At Sevenoaks, we are Dolby partners and all our demonstration rooms are set up with Atmos systems and if you would like to see and hear what’s possible, our teams would love to give you a demonstration.

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