As we've gotten into detailed discussion on how Atmos is setup for a cinema setting, I felt that it might have overshadowed the fact that Dolby has promised things will change in the future, and indeed, these upcoming Gen 1 AVR's aren't indicative of the breadth of what may
come down the pike...
Getting ready to jump into a busy week... cowabunga!!! Hope everyone has a good one..
I don't agree with Simon's categorization that this is all smoke and no fire...
But thats just me..
Dolby Atmos Home Theater Questions Answered
"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.
If Dolby Atmos allows me to add more speakers, why do I see A/V receivers with just 11 channels?
Many hardware partners are building or planning to build Dolby Atmos enabled A/V receivers and speakers. Those partners decide what product configurations make the most sense for their customers.
But the Dolby Atmos system itself is almost unlimited. If you have the space and budget, you can build a Dolby Atmos system with as many as 24 speakers on the floor and 10 overhead speakers. One of our hardware partners is planning to release an A/V receiver with 32 channels.
If this is not a channel-based system, why are there predefined speaker positions?
Because Dolby Atmos is new to home theater
, we defined a few “reference” speaker configurations to ensure that early customers
could have a great experience while having the option to keep most of the equipment they already have.
Among those reference setups are the 5.1.2 configuration, which involves adding two ceiling or Dolby Atmos enabled speakers to a traditional 5.1 system, and the 7.1.4 configuration, which starts with a traditional 7.1 system and adds four ceiling or Dolby Atmos enabled speakers.
But we believe this is just the beginning. Because the Dolby Atmos object-based audio system is so adaptable, you can use many other speaker configurations.
No matter what system you build, the Dolby Atmos format and system will adapt itself to output the best audio experience possible."
It's not that Dolby is stringently requiring certain locations for Home Atmos... it's how the first manufacturers have chosen to implement their initial iterations of the codec in their 2014 AVR lineup...
The last point definitely shows that there are other things to come down the pike in regards to the recent discussions here...
Again, I am sure there will be much more clarity about the system at CEDIA.. and again want to reiterate that our back and forth toady was regarding the realities of the cinema system... as many of us stated repeatedly we don't know exactly how that will fully translate as it makes its way into the home.