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Dolby has announced that its Dolby Atmos sound system will be coming to homes later this year!
A blog posting on Dolby's site by Brett Crockett, Director of Sound Research, gives some details:
As the Director of Sound Research here at Dolby, I take my audio very seriously. This includes, of course, having a very serious home theater in my living room.
In 2012 when we introduced Dolby Atmos®, the groundbreaking cinema sound system that puts moviegoers in the middle of the action, I started imagining how much better my home theater—and millions of others—could sound. From hearing the exciting cinema sound that Dolby Atmos made possible, I knew there was the potential to raise home entertainment to an entirely new level.
So our research and home theater teams began work on bringing Dolby Atmos to the living room. Our goal was to make home theater sound better than ever, while giving audio enthusiasts flexible choices in how they set up their system. I’m proud to say that after a lot of dreaming, experimentation, and innovation, we’ve succeeded in creating an incredible Dolby Atmos experience for the home that will be available to any entertainment fan.
Click the Read link below to visit the full blog post. Toward the end of the post, he mentions that Blu-ray discs and streaming services with Dolby Atmos soundtracks will begin appearing later in 2014 and early 2015. It appears that some existing receivers will be upgradeable to support Dolby Atmos when it becomes available, and the manufacturers are lining up to introduce new receivers that will support it. While special speakers aren't going to be required in standard situations (unless you call ceiling-mounted speakers special), there are going to be specially-designed speakers that will be able to bounce sound to the ceiling for those instances where mounting speakers in your ceiling isn't possible.
We'll have the official press releases from the manufacturers of A/V receivers and speakers as they become available.
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