No company in the world has done more to enhance the sound we hear when watching a movie than Dolby. Now, Dolby has once again raised the bar with their new superior sound format -Atmos. This new format brings a new and thrilling dimension of realism to the movie experience. Atmos produces a more immersive, lifelike sound that is sheer amazement.
According to Dolby, Atmos is the first audio format based on audio ‘objects’ rather than channels. In Dolby Atmos, any sound—the helicopter, a blaring car horn, a yelling child—can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. Sounds can be placed and moved anywhere, including anywhere overhead – placed where they would occur naturally in a scene. Sounds move in three-dimensional space—flowing above and around the listener in step with the visuals to bring a new sense of height and reality.
Dolby Atmos for home theaters moves beyond the paradigm of channel-based audio, which has gone as far as it can in the home. The ability to recreate reality using channel-based audio is fundamentally limited – no matter how many channels are added to a system.
Even 7.1 systems reach a point of diminishing returns when splitting a limited signal to serve more and more channels. For example, when a helicopter takes off and banks to the right or left before flying out of sight, channels cannot realistically recreate the audio details of those movements.
Atmos has now taken channels out of the equation. Rather than panning from channel to channel to approximate the movement of on-screen sound sources, sound engineers can move the objects themselves through a “virtual” space on a computer monitor while the system creates the sound effects. Due to the increased processing power and bandwidth, Dolby Atmos adds height information, so that realistic helicopter sounds can literally fly around the room like they’re coming right off the screen.
Dolby Atmos can render everything from dialogue and quiet scenes to whirlwind action with astonishing clarity, richness, detail, and depth. With Atmos, it all comes together in exciting sound that inspires your emotions and senses to deliver the full impact of entertainment.
Like any new technology, hearing is believing! Here at Play and Gourmet we are always excited to show off of Atmos Home Theater. If you are in the greater Hilton Head – Bluffton area, please stop by and hear for yourself.
From a new media room featuring Dolby Atmos technology to the latest in home automation, contact our team at Play and Gourmet. We not only carry the top technology brands – we’ll take your project from design to install and beyond. For more information about the new Dolby Atmos technology for your home theater, please give us a call or email us at one of offices.