Dolby Atmos simply explained with Speaker Configurations Pics, Video & more…
WHAT IS ALL THE DOLBY ATMOS HYPE?
Gone are the days that watching movies and TV is just about having an awesome quality great picture on a big screen. In fact the best film producers in the world ensure and invest hundreds of millions of dollars into the encoding of the most incredible types of sound which gets encoded through clever technologies of the movie soundtrack. For many years we have all enjoyed the feeling of surround sound but the limitation is it has only been in front and around us.
Very few commercial cinemas in South Africa even have the luxury of a true Dolby Atmos cinema. With the help of Audioholics® we will ensure that you can have the most state-of-the-art surround sound system with Dolby Atmos in your own home.
WELCOME DOLBY ATMOS!
In this brief article we try explain some of the basic concepts of Dolby Atmos but can assure you that you need to experience this in person and if you are interested in this experience in your own home we welcome you to book an appointment to get a demonstration, in our facilities over an awesome cup of coffee
THE TRANSITION FROM CONVENTIONAL SURROUND SOUND TO DOLBY ATMOS:
So what is the Dolby Atmos exactly you ask. Is it expensive and even worthwhile doing?
Dolby Atmos improves upon the existing surround sound technology such as 5.1, 7.1, 9.1 etc and adds a new 3rd dimensional to the mix: HEIGHT. 5.1.2, 7.1.2, 9.1.2
Think about this…. If you are watching a movie with a thunderstorm, lightning, or an overhead explosion in the scene… Where should they be coming from? Above you! Not behind or in front of you.
This concept of sound coming from above (where it is intended to) gives your viewers a far more natural and convincing performance than the old conventional surround sound systems.
It adds a sense of realism and excitement to convince you are in the movie, no need to pretend. Imagine all the types of scenes where you have seen a helicopter or a jet aeroplane above you, but for some reason you incorrectly are hearing it in front or behind you.
Dolby Atmos changes all of this dramatically and the great news is not too expensively either!
HOW DO I GET DOLBY ATMOS?
THE HEART OF THE SYSTEM:
Ceiling Speakers / Dolby Atmos Speakers
In order to decode this awesome soundtrack that the film producers have encoded into the movie, you need to have some type of a device such as an A/V processor or an AV receiver to be able to decode the sound, amplify and direct the sound to your various speakers positioned around the room. We have an extremely vast range of Dolby Atmos AV receivers available as well as the more audiophile grade AV processes available.
FROM ALL THE BITS & TECH TO SOUND:
You will naturally still need all the previous generations requirements for surround sound such as your centre channel, left and right front channels, and your back and/or side surround speakers.
We generally suggest in-ceiling speakers to get the most effective Dolby Atmos experience and can be fortunately very inexpensive. Some homes or people may not want to use custom installed in ceiling speakers for the height sensations and prefer other less effective options.
There are a number of other options that are available where Dolby Atmos is produced by using an alternative to direct downward firing speakers from your ceilings, such as speakers which have been designed specifically for Dolby Atmos which effectively is angled towards your ceiling to allow the sound waves to be projected upwards and then bounced downwards to the listening position to create an overhead Dolby Atmos effect.
IS DOLBY ATMOS WITHOUT THE FULL HOME CINEMA POSSIBLE?
There are many people, homes and environments that do not want an entire room full of speakers and would like to try and enjoy and experience the Dolby Atmos effect without all the above equipment and are seeking a simpler, sleeker albeit lifestyle product.
There are a number of other options available that we offer that will accommodate this such as:
In order for any AV processor to be able to decode a signal for Dolby Atmos use, it is imperative that the media player or your media source needs to be able to output a direct bitstream signal.
We have a number of media players and devices that will allow you to enjoy the full Dolby Atmos experience from Blu-ray to online media streaming services.
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