Home entertainment systems may have been around for a while now, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped evolving. Just like televisions have become smarter, thinner and sharper; home theatre continues to push the boundaries in terms of what’s possible inside our homes and none to such an extent as Dolby Atmos.
An all-round immersive experience developed by Dolby, a British-American company founded in 1965 and based in San Francisco. Atmos puts homeowners right in the centre of the action whether it’s an action thriller, powerful documentary or live sporting event on the television.
How does Dolby Atmos work?
Dolby Atmos uses a series of movable speaker modules, often placed on top of your existing speakers, to deliver the sound upwards onto your ceiling so that it bounces around the whole room for a fully immersive surround sound effect.
There is also the option to invest in Dolby Atmos soundbars which work with a whole host of modern televisions including Smart and 4K Ultra HD TVs, and include the essential upward-firing drivers that deliver the sound around the room.
Let’s look at an example. As one of the company’s first soundbars to feature Dolby Atmos, the Samsung HW-K950 5.1.4Channel 500W wireless soundbar is a highly impressive piece of surround sound system.
The sleek, stylish speakers (something we’ve come to expect from Samsung), use three forward-facing and two upwards-facing speakers connected to a subwoofer by either Bluetooth or your home Internet connection – perfect for delivering the sound of the crowd and the in-game commentary around your home during the World Cup.
Where should I position my Dolby Atmos speakers?
There are a number of potential positions to help you get the most out of your Dolby speakers, but to get the very best sound quality it’s best to have a flat ceiling for the sound to rebound off.
Dolby recommend that to achieve the best surround sound quality your ceiling should be made from plaster, concrete or wood; and that – while designed for heights of between 2.4 and 2.7-metres – you can still get great sound quality from high-ceiling rooms up to 4.3-metres high.
You then have the option of either mounting new speakers on your ceiling to send the sound straight down and around you, or placing them onto your current speakers and angling them upwards as mentioned earlier.