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Upgrade to Dolby Atmos

13 October 2016 10:00:00 AM AEDT

Atmos is the latest surround sound format from Dolby that allows the listener to experience fully immersive three-dimensional sound. Current home theatres, cinemas or even media rooms featuring a 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound configuration can only experience surround sound in its traditional format, meaning that all sounds are confined within the 5.1 or 7.1 channels. As an example, imagine a scene in a film requires an aeroplane flying through the air, in a traditional 5.1 or 7.1 setup the sound of the aeroplane would be assigned to specific channels and then mixed with other sounds. The aeroplane would be able to switch across channels, but the sound would not able to go above you. This means that you would only hear the sound from the predetermined locations in the speaker setup, and not as you would in real life.

Dolby Atmos one the other hand frees sound from dedicated channels. It is the first audio format that allows sounds to become unique audio objects free of channel restrictions. This revolutionary technology now gives you, the listener, the most REALISTIC audio experience imaginable because each unique audio object can be placed anywhere in your room. So, instead of moving across channels – the aeroplane, the fast moving car or even a wizard flying through the air – can now flow around you or above you in three-dimensional space.

How do I upgrade to Dolby Atmos? Entertaining Environments have considerable experience in designing, installing and commissioning Dolby Atmos enabled home cinemas. With a quick, and obligation free conversation we can determine the best products and process for you to achieve your Dolby Atmos home cinema. Dolby Atmos enabled cinemas and media rooms utilise strategically placed speakers in your ceiling, Dolby Atmos certified speakers or soundbars containing upward-firing modules or individual Dolby Atmos upward-firing modules that can be placed on top of your existing speakers. You will also require a Dolby Atmos enabled AV Receiver or pre-processor, and a suitable playback source such as a Blu-ray player, gaming console or streaming device. Then all you have to do is decide which Dolby Atmos movie or TV show you wish to watch.

Here’s a list of movies and TV shows that feature Dolby Atmos soundtracks:

Edge of Tomorrow
Game of Thrones S1-5
In the Heart of the Sea
Mad Max
The Fifth Element
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2

Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 and 7.1.2 Speaker Configurations - Basic Atmos Setups
Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 and 7.1.2 configurations utilise an extra two speakers for overhead sound. Below is an example of 5.1.2 and 7.1.2 Atmos setups.

Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 and 7.1.2 speaker configuration illustrations

Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 (left) and 7.1.2 (right) Speaker Configurations.

Dolby Atmos 5.1.4 and 7.1.4 Speaker Configurations - Advanced Atmos Setups
Dolby Atmos 5.1.4 and 7.1.4 configurations utilise an extra four speakers for overhead sound. Below is an example of 5.1.4 and 7.1.4 Atmos setups.

Dolby Atmos 5.1.4 and 7.1.4 Speaker Configuration Illustration

Dolby Atmos 5.1.4 (left) and 7.1.4 (right) Speaker Configurations.

Dolby Atmos 9.1.2 Speaker Configuration - Enhanced Atmos Surround Effects Setup
The Dolby Atmos 9.1.2 speaker configuration provides a mesmerising audio experience and is ideally suited to larger rooms. However, please keep in mind that a Dolby Atmos configuration can actually be derived of speaker setups that contain more than eleven speakers and a subwoofer. For example, you may have a configuration that uses four Atmos speakers for overhead sound and two subwoofers, this would be a 9.2.4 Dolby Atmos setup.

Dolby Atmos 9.1.2 Speaker Configuration Illustration

Introduction to Dolby Atmos
The below video provides a brief introduction into Dolby Atmos and showcases the amazing three-dimensional audio experience Dolby Atmos delivers.

 Give us a call today on 03 8080 1230 to discuss how we can help design a Dolby Atmos home cinema for you or feel free to ask how we can assist with any other contemporary technology requirements you may have.