Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman
Always has been. Its foundation is 7.1 or 9.1 channels (7.1 plus top surrounds) with objects added to it. Certain speaker locations can only be addressed by object metadata. If an object is fixed in space by those instructions, it can practically be called a channel, for lack of a better term.
Originally Posted by sdurani
Yes, has been described this way from when it was introduced over 2 years ago.
Someone should tell Dolby:
How is Dolby Atmos different than typical channel-based home theater systems?
Dolby Atmos is the first home theater system that is based not on channels, but on audio objects
. What is an audio object
? Any sound heard in a movie scene—a child yelling, a helicopter taking off, a car horn blaring—is an audio object. Filmmakers using Dolby Atmos can decide exactly where those sounds should originate and precisely where they move as the scene develops.
Thinking about sound in this way eliminates many of the limitations of channel-based audio
. In a channel-based system, filmmakers have to think about the speaker setup: Should this sound come from the left rear surrounds or the left side surrounds? With Dolby Atmos, filmmakers just have to think about the story: Where is that yelling child going to run? The Dolby Atmos system, whether in the cinema or a home theater, has the intelligence to determine what speakers to use to precisely recreate the child’s movement in the way the filmmakers intend.
Dolby Atmos is also far more flexible and adaptable than channel-based home theater.
In a channel-based system with channel-based content, the number of speakers is fixed—a 7.1 system always consists of seven speakers and one subwoofer. With Dolby Atmos, in contrast, you have amazing flexibility: you can get the full experience with just seven speakers or get an even richer, more detailed sound by adding more speakers. As you add speakers, a Dolby Atmos enabled receiver will automatically determine how to use them to create fantastic, immersive audio.
There is an impression created here that seems to be pushing it.
I am sure a lawyer would tell me right-front speaker is now an object and not a channel.