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...and when you continue reading don't be surprise what speakers they'll be using. 22 speakers
According to the article: "The Dolby Theater is quite large—180,000 square feet with 3400 seats—and the Atmos system fills it nicely with a total of 164 speakers...".
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And yes,why those speakers :/
When you say "why those speakers", are you asking why so many speakers or asking why a combination of Meyer Sound and JBL speakers?
 

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yes,why so many speakers?
For precise localization, stable imaging and smoother pans/movement. If they want a sound to come from the back left corner of the room, then it will come from exactly that direction. And no matter where you are sitting, that sound will always appear to come from that specific direction. You can't get that sort of precision and stability using large arrays of surround speakers that are tied together reproducing a single surround channel.


With a 5.1 soundtrack, you have 3 front channels, leaving only 2 surround channels. So all the speakers on one side wall of the theatre and half the speakers on the back wall are reproducing the same channel. If you want the sound to pan from left to right, it will move from one large array to another large array. You'll hear the sound go from the entire left half of the theatre to the entire right half of the theatre. Not very precise. With Atmos, the sound will go through each speaker, one by one, giving you a much better/smoother sense of movement.


Pay careful attention to the following video:

http://www.dolby.com/us/en/professional/technology/cinema/dolby-atmos-video.html
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Aren't most films in 7.1 or 5.1 surround?.
Most films are 5.1, with a handful of 7.1 releases (mostly big movies). But Atmos doesn't deal with channels as much as it treat each sound as a spearate object, with coordinates for where that sound should be located. The Atmos processing engine will then use the nearest speaker (or combination of speakers) to reproduce the sound at the correct location. It will do that whether you have 4 speakers or 64 speakers.


There's a whole thread started a couple months ago dedicated to discussing Atmos:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1407030/dolby-atmos-theatre-system
 

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WOW,thats great info. I'll take a look at the video. Scott wilkinson said this technology may come to the home,and if it is i can't wait!.
 

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Scott wilkinson said this technology may come to the home,and if it is i can't wait!.
A Dolby rep mentioned a couple months back that their eventual goal is to bring the technology home (probably more for games than movies).


In the mean time, you can hear Atmos when the Disney/Pixar movie 'Brave' is released. Dolby has equipped 14 theatres in the US with Atmos systems, and 4 of them are where you are (Southern California).


AMC Burbank 16

AMC Century City 15

Arclight Sherman Oaks

Dolby Theatre in Hollywood (formerly Kodak Theatre, where the Oscars are held).

'Brave' comes out in 9 days (June 22nd) and is the first movie mixed using Atmos. If one of the above theatres is near you, go take a listen for yourself. No need to wait till it comes home.
 
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