July 2, 2014
Dolby Labs is bringing its Atmos surround sound tech to the living room through Blu-ray and streaming services. Dolby Atmos, the cinema sound system introduced in 2012, will be available via Blu-ray without the need for players to upgrade hardware. Partners will offer receivers, speakers and other devices to help deliver the Atmos experience to the home, while existing BD players that conform to the Blu-ray spec will support Atmos content on a Blu-ray Disc, according to the company.
“Dolby is working with studios and production houses to create Dolby Atmos soundtracks for movies and TV shows,” reports Home Media Magazine. Atmos titles on Blu-ray and streaming video services are expected to be available this fall.
“If you’re willing and able to install speakers in your ceiling, there will be great options,” wrote Brett Crockett, director of sound research, on the Dolby blog. “If that’s not possible for you — and for many people, it isn’t — our partners will offer new Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers that produce full, detailed overhead sound from speakers located where your conventional speakers are now.”
In addition, Dolby Atmos-enabled speaker modules will also be available as add-ons for existing systems.
“Atmos supports up to 64 separate speakers — up from the eight speakers currently supported by Dolby’s current top-end home format, Dolby TrueHD,” notes CNET. “Denon, Marantz, Integra, Onkyo, Yamaha, and Pioneer all announced high-end Atmos-compatible AV receivers, which will either debut in the fall, or require a firmware update to enable the Atmos functionality.”
For more information regarding a Dolby Atmos home theater, the company has launched a helpful FAQ page.