There are many surround sound systems to choose from today, ranging from placing 2 to 10 speakers around the room. Additionally, there are multiple ways to achieve an immersive audio experience in your home. However, Dolby Atmos, a 3D audio format, stands out among them as a unique listening experience that you can enjoy right in your own home in the areas of Lake Norman or Charlotte, North Carolina. Dolby Atmos surround sound is well known and used often in commercial theaters across the U.S. and it has now made its way into home entertainment. Keep reading to learn how this revolutionary technology works, as well as what is required for your media room design or home theater installation.
What is Dolby Atmos?
Dolby Atmos is a special audio format that allows your speakers to play multichannel sound in a 3-dimmensional space. Traditionally, sound has been mixed creating two or more channels, or tracks to play from a few speakers. This type of sound mixing confines all the sounds to a few channels so you can only hear it from certain angles. However, with Dolby Atmos, sound is freed from these channels and treats specific sounds as individual files, called audio objects. These objects can be placed and moved anywhere in the room using in-wall speakers that are in font, back, and above you. The Dolby Atmos cinema processor decides which speakers it will use to create the realistic sound.
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The movie's sounds flow all around you to completely immerse you in the action, heightening the impact of the show and creating a powerfully moving cinema experience. If you are watching Gravity for example, as the spaceship flies across the sky, you can hear the engines moving from one side of the room to the other via in-ceiling speakers above you. Or, if you are watching The Hunger Games, can watch Katniss shoot her arrow and hear the pulling of the bow at the front of the room, and the impact at the back through the speakers behind you. As a result, your home theater system is able to bring the movie to life as never before possible.