Dolby Labs, the firm specializing in audio compression technology, announced that Dolby Atmos can finally be in the comfort of your own home. Atmos is the innovative surround system that allows listeners to immerse themselves to the environment through lifelike sound.
Dolby Atmos was first introduced in 2012 and could only be experienced in selected movie titles and movie theaters. Some of the latest Dolby Atmos-enabled movies include Maleficent and Godzilla. Other past titles include Frozen, Pacific Rim, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Brett Crockett, the Director of Sound Research at Dolby Labs, expressed his excitement that the Dolby Atmos sound technology will finally be available in partner hardware devices and Dolby Atmos titles.
?Our goal was to make home theater sound better than ever, while giving audio enthusiasts flexible choices in how they set up their system,? he said.
If you?re willing and able to install speakers in the ceiling of your room, then there will be a lot of great options, he said. If it is not possible like for most households, Dolby?s partners also offer Atmos-enabled speakers that produce concrete and detailed overhead sound from where your speakers are originally located.
?You?re probably wondering how you can recreate this effect in your living room. We want to [bring] Dolby Atmos into your home as easy as possible, so we?ve given you choices,? he stated.
In case you don?t want to get rid of your favorite set of speakers, you can also have the option to install a Dolby Atmos-enabled speaker module that complements your existing speakers.
Another good thing about this is that you won?t likely need a Blu-ray player as some existing players that conform to the Blu-ray specification will be able to support Dolby Atmos content on a Blu-ray disc.
The Dolby Atmos ?isn?t just about hardware,? Crocket said. ?At its core, it?s a powerful creative tool that lets filmmakers use exceptionally lifelike sound.?
Home entertainment system makers such as Onkyo and Pioneer have already announced Atmos-ready AV receivers which will be out during the fall. We should expect to see more Dolby Atmos-enabled receivers in the near future and even more to come at the start of 2015.
The only remaining question is whether consumers will be interested in purchasing and upgrading their home audio systems to a more expensive Atmos-enabled system.
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