Dolby Atmos: How it has changed the audio landscape


The Dolby Atmos sound system has been used to create an immersive 3D sound experience in major theaters since 2012. Today, you can get this impressive surround in your home and bring that theater sound effect in your living room. Learn why Dolby Atmos is the best choice for your whole home audio setup in River Forest, IL.



An introduction to Dolby Atmos

The Dolby Atmos system places special Dolby Atmos speakers above an audience. However, it is a lot more than simply shoving a couple of speakers into the ceiling. In the Atmos imaging system, film makers can place the sound elements of their production in an innovative 3D space. With a regular 5.1 system, when creating the illusion of someone behind an audience, it is simply a matter of throwing sound to the rear speakers. This makes the regular system speaker-based.

However, with Dolby Atmos speakers system, the sound is pushed to an exact place within a three-dimensional space. For instance, when creating the sound of a plane passing overhead, sound engineering professionals do not pick which speakers the plane sounds will come out from, rather they just involve a point in a three-dimensional space, and then the Atmos adjusts the sound accordingly.

The result of the Dolby Atmos system that utilizes 2 subwoofers and up to 9 speakers is a crisp sound that immerses you into the environment of the film you are watching. When properly installed, it will feel as if you are just below a canopy during a rain storm. When a car goes whizzing by, you will hear it as if it is actually happening in real life. There is really no way to describe how amazing the Atmos system is until you experience it for yourself.

How will the Atmos Imaging Work in the House?

The first step when installing Dolby Atmos speakers is to allow the Atmos imaging to calibrate the room. The system will map out the space where the sound system is being installed, and create a 3D audio landscape. A notable aspect of installing this sound system is that it requires speakers to be placed at a significantly higher level than the audience. You can place up to 9 speakers near the ceiling, with the 2 subwoofers being on the floor, one at the front and one at the back.

Are Dolby Atmos Speakers Compatible With Streaming Devices?

For streamers and Blu-Ray users, you can now take advantage of Atmos imaging in your home setup. The only requirement you need to check for is where your device can support Dolby Digital Plus. Simply enable the bit-stream out option in your Blu-Ray player and you are ready to go. The current Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku can all support this new Dolby Atmos system.


Are you interested in bringing Dolby Atmos whole home audio to your River Forest home? Acoustical Vision takes pride in delivering a first-class client experience. Give us a call at 708-705-9665 or fill out our online contact form to get started today!

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