Building Dolby Atmos® Enabled Speakers: Behind the Scenes With Three Speaker Manufacturers
With Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers, you can enjoy 3D audio immersion with sounds coming from above as well as all around you.
Movies mixed in Dolby Atmos are available on Blu-ray, UHD Blu-ray, broadcast and streaming services , and they use sound to put you in the middle of the action. The addition of height brings a heightened sense of immersion to the mix faithfully reproduces effects like airplane fly-overs raindrops hitting tree leaves or the immensity and depth of a sports coliseum.
Because the Dolby Atmos format uses sound objects instead of channels, sound engineers can place individual sounds anywhere within a virtual hemisphere that envelops the audience. A Dolby Atmos playback system then scales and renders the object-based mix to the channel configuration employed in the home entertainment system . This ensures you get the best possible immersive effect, regardless of whether the system is a 3.1.2 soundbar, a compact 2.1.2 configuration or an AVR-based 7.2.4 rig.
In dedicated home theaters, AV enthusiasts often install in-ceiling or on-ceiling overhead speakers. But in a residential living room or media room, it may not be practical to cut holes in the ceiling and run wires in the walls. And if you rent, installing in-ceiling speakers is clearly out of the question! Fortunately, there’s a décor- and lifestyle-friendly alternative to all that: Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers.
Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers feature an ingenious design that relies on directing tightly controlled beams of sound to the ceiling and reflecting them to the listener. With this approach, even though the speakers creating the elevation effects are roughly at ear level or slightly higher, what you hear appears to come from above your head.
In a pair of earlier videos, we looked at what Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers
are and then took a deeper dive into what makes them tick. Now, in this third and final video, we learn what three speaker manufacturers—Triad, , Definitive Technology, and Klipsch—have to say about the exciting challenges they faced in designing Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers. You’ll find out how these companies succeeded in creating designs that deliver a mind-blowing 3D immersive soundfield.
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