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What is Dolby Atmos?

Dolby Atmos is a technology that reflects sound through the ceiling to your listening position. You can bring the cinema experience into your home. In this article, I'll explain what it is, how it works, and how you use it at home.

About Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos at home

Dolby Atmos is a technology for audio equipment. It's a developed version of Dolby Surround. With Dolby Surround, you place speakers in front of and behind your listening position, so the sound comes from multiple angles. With Dolby Atmos, the sound is also sent to the ceiling and reflected back to your listening position. The added value of this is that the sound of movies and series becomes realistic. This way, it looks like the bird from the movie really flies over your head and it sounds like the rain on TV really falls into your living room.

This is Dolby Atmos

Movie theater

This is how Dolby Atmos works

Dolby Atmos supports up to 64 speakers in the cinema. They are placed around the seating area, from the floor to the ceiling. This makes it seem like you are in the film yourself. Because of the large number of speakers, the effect of Dolby Atmos is greater than when you use this technology at home.

This is how you use Dolby Atmos at home

This is how you use Dolby Atmos

Do you want to enjoy Dolby Atmos sound at home? If so, you need the following:

  • 5.1 or 7.1 sound setup
  • 2 or 4 ceiling speakers or slanted speakers
  • The audio equipment must be compatible with Dolby Atmos technology
  • Audio or video sources that support Atmos

Expand sound setup

Home cinema set

Expand the 5.1 or 7.1 setup

You need at least a 5.1 or 7.1 sound setup as the basis for your Dolby Atmos setup. This means you need a subwoofer and 5 or 7 speakers. Expand this setup with 2 ceiling speakers in front of the listening position or 2 speakers in front of and behind the listening position. Instead of ceiling speakers, you can use slanted speakers that reflect sound through the ceiling. These are HiFi speakers, wireless speakers, receivers, amplifiers, soundbars, and soundplates.

Home cinema set at home

Dolby Atmos supported audio

It's important that your audio equipment supports the Dolby Atmos technology. Not only the speakers and playback devices themselves, but also the movies or series have to support Dolby Atmos. Make sure your Blu-ray or online movie or series also has this technique.

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