Expand Your Charlotte NC Soundscape With Smart Sonic Upgrades

Getting the most out of your home theater installation takes more than just integrating a crisp, 4K projector and comfortable seating. If you really want to get lost in your private cinema, you’re going to need a sound system that can do the job. Surround sound has evolved over the years, and today Dolby Atmos stands as one of the top names in quality immersive audio. If you’re interested learning more about the most realistic sound system you’ve ever heard, read on.


What Is Dolby Atmos?

The idea of surround sound is nothing new – it’s existed in some form or another since the 1970’s. But the ability to recreate the feeling of a commercial theater in the comfort of your own home is something that appeals to many homeowners. There’s just one problem; if you have a small 5.1 surround sound system, you simply can’t get the same level of detail that a commercial theater can muster with 60 or more individual speakers.

But Dolby Atmos is different. It can immerse you in a sphere of sound and create a world of rich, detailed audio. Whether you have the smallest system or the largest, you can achieve theater-quality sound thanks to the unique configuration of the speakers.

A typical 5.1 channel surround sound system features one speaker in front of the viewer for dialogue, two to the front sides, and two more set to the rear sides. Add in a subwoofer and you have a full 5.1 surround sound system. Atmos changes things up a bit by adding two overhead units that allow the sound to work in three dimensions. 

How Atmos Works

Of course, adding two overhead speakers won’t suddenly turn a five channel system into a 60 channel system. A lot of that work is done at the production stage.

When a movie is made, the sound editor has to determine where each sound comes from. That means they have to assign a specific channel, or speaker, to each piece of audio. When all are assigned, you get a surround sound effect.

On the other hand, when a sound editor uses Atmos, they don’t have to assign any specific channels. Instead, each sound is treated as an individual object, able to move freely across multiple speakers in a realistic way. By divorcing the sound from specific channels, each can travel throughout the entire system set up. In that way, it doesn’t matter if you have a 5.2.1 system or one with hundreds of speakers, you’ll get the same level of sonic detail.

Are you ready to enjoy fully immersive audio in your home theater installation thanks to Dolby Atmos? Contact Audio Video Concepts today for more information!

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