Originally Posted by Grinder12000
So basically I can't just plug in a "special" headphone into my Marantz and get actual Dolby Atmos. OK - sad but not "sad" LOL I was just curious on the BEST way to get GREAT audio out of headphones when I can't use the house thumping 2 250w sub woofers and 7 other speakers.
There are no Dolby Atmos headphones per se, just models that can do 3D positioning well. There are other characteristics that make up a headphone, and this is highly subjective.
Multi driver headphones are inferior to many regular (2 driver, one per ear) type.
For a detailed discussion: https://www.avsforum.com/forum/378-h...und-sound.html
In order to hear the Atmos information a decoder is required. For headphones, rather than speakers, the signal is downmixed to 2 channels.
The Smyth Realiser A16 is $4k.
Don't know if the Marantz SR7012 applies it's Atmos Decoder for the headphone output. Check the manual or contact Marantz to find out.
The Windows 10 app named Dolby Atmos dosen't actually decode Dolby Atmos signals. It's just a regular DSP/sound virtualizer. I think the Xbox One app is the same.
Dolby Atmos support in Windows 10 at least is very limited:
My understanding of the situation now is that:
Hopefully someone can figure out how to use the built-in decoder with other applications, even if it's limited to E-AC3.
- Atmos via Media Center only works when bitstreaming to an HDMI device, and since MC does not identify Atmos tracks you have to bitstream all TrueHD tracks.
- Media Center's TrueHD decoding does not pass through Atmos data.
- Windows 10 has a built-in decoder for Atmos content that works with DAfH, but it can only decode Atmos inside an E-AC3 track. It cannot decode TrueHD+Atmos, and there's no way to get it working with Media Center even for content which uses E-AC3. You would have to use the built-in "Films & TV" app.
E-AC3 tracks are mostly used with streaming services rather than Blu-ray discs though.
Originally Posted by KurianOfBorg
I believe there is an official Atmos decoder that works in conjunction with Dolby Atmos for Headphones, but it only works in supported applications like Edge, Films & TV, Netflix, etc.
There are also very few games that have incorporated the DA technology, Overwatch is one example.