What is Dolby Atmos

WHO’S TALKING How It Works Speaker Configurations Compatible A/V Receivers Compatible Speakers FAQs

 


What Is Dolby Atmos?



How It Works: Building a New Sonic Reality


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The Audio Bed

The Audio Bed is made up of standard surround sound configuration.

Traditional channel-based audio contains static elements such as bass and other sonic textures. This audio forms the “bed” upon which directional and localized sounds are built.

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Sound Objects

In-ceiling speakers or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers.

“Object-oriented” sounds can be localized in a specific speaker or panned around and above you in a multidimensional sound field.

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Dolby Atmos

The Audio Bed AND Sound Objects

Together, the audio bed and mixed object-oriented effects convincingly simulate the sounds you might hear if you were in the film, not merely observing it.

Effects move around the room just as they would in real life.

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Transforming Home Theater with Dolby Atmos

What is Dolby Atmos®?

With Dolby Atmos®, sound comes alive from all directions, including overhead. The format combines a channel-based audio bed with object-oriented sound to place and move specific effects around the theater, creating a breathtakingly realistic and captivating sonic atmosphere. Sound designers and artists are free to mix in a 3D space, steering effects through surround channels and adding a seamless overhead dimension with discrete height channels. In commercial theaters, it supports up to 128 audio tracks and 64 unique speaker feeds. The home theater adaptation automatically scales to your surround configuration. Onkyo receivers support any layout up to 11 channels

Speaker Configurations for Dolby Atmos® in Your Home Theater

How Dolby Atmos Adapts to Your Theater Layout Compatible Onkyo A/V receivers decode, scale, and calibrate Dolby Atmos® to suit home theater configurations using 7, 9 or 11 channel receivers.

Unlock the Dolby Atmos® experience by adding a minimum of one pair of in-ceiling speakers, Dolby Atmos enabled speakers or Dolby Atmos enabled add-on speaker modules to your compatible Onkyo Receiver.

Set your Blu-ray Disc or media player to direct bitstream output, insert your Dolby Atmos®-encoded Blu-ray, and be transported to another world of sound.

Dolby Atmos Configuration Options with a 7 Channel Receiver
5.1.2 Configuration – 5.1 layout with one pair in-ceiling height speakers
5.1.2 Configuration – 5.1 layout including Dolby Atmos-enabled front speakers or add-on speaker modules

Dolby Atmos Configuration Options with a 9 Channel Receiver
5.1.4 Configuration – 5.1 layout with two pair in-ceiling height speakers
5.1.4 Configuration – 5.1 layout including Dolby Atmos-enabled front and surround speakers or add-on speaker modules 7.1.2 Configuration – 7.1 layout with one pair in-ceiling height speakers
7.1.2 Configuration – 7.1 layout including Dolby Atmos-enabled front speakers or add-on speaker modules

Dolby Atmos Configuration Options with an 11 Channel Receiver
7.1.4 Configuration – 7.1 layout with two pair in-ceiling height speakers
7.1.4 Configuration – 7.1 layout including Dolby Atmos-enabled front and surround speakers or add-on speaker modules
9.1.2 Configuration – 9.1 layout with one pair in-ceiling height speakers

 


How to Upgrade Your Current Home Theater System to Onkyo with Dolby Atmos


5_1 CHANNEL USERS

FOR 5.1 CHANNEL USERS:

If you already have 5.1 channel system, you can upgrade to a Dolby Atmos system with the Onkyo TX-NR636 and a pair of Onkyo SKH-410 Dolby Atmos-enabled add-on speaker modules. (TX-NR636 Dolby Atmos Firmware Upgradable targeted for September.)

7.1 CHANNEL USERS

FOR 7.1 CHANNEL USERS: You can upgrade your system to Dolby Atmos 7.1.2 channels with the Onkyo TX-NR1030 and a pair of Onkyo SKH-410 Dolby Atmos-enabled add-on speaker modules.

If you choose TX-NR838 and SKH-410, you can switch from Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 channels to standard 7.1 channel surround automatically, depending on selected surround modes, because TX-NR838 is a 7.1 channel AVR and has separate terminals for Surround Back and Height channels.

REPLACE YOUR ENTIRE SYSTEM

IF YOU WANT TO REPLACE YOUR ENTIRE SYSTEM:

Just choose the Onkyo HT-S7700 to enjoy Dolby Atmos in your home.


Dolby Atmos Compatible Onkyo Products

Network A/V Receivers & Controllers


 

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TX-NR3030

11.2 Channel THX Certified Network A/V Receiver Dolby Atmos Built-In

  • Built-in New Dolby Atmos Surround Format
  • THX Select2 Plus Certified for Theater-Reference Sound Quality
  • Three Separate Transformers for Amp, Audio, and Video Processing
  • 135 W/ch
  • HDMI 2.0 Terminals for Ultra HD Entertainment
  • Supports HDCP 2.2
  • 3 x HDMI Outputs Including Zone 2 HDMI
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® Certified Wireless LAN Capability
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TX-NR1030

9.2 Channel THX Certified Network A/V Receiver Dolby Atmos Built-In

  • Built-in New Dolby Atmos Surround Format
  • THX Select2 Plus Certified for Theater-Reference Sound Quality
  • Separate Processing and Amplification Block Construction
  • 135 W/ch
  • HDMI 2.0 Terminals for Ultra HD Entertainment
  • Supports HDCP 2.2
  • 3 x HDMI Outputs Including Zone 2 HDMI
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® Certified Wireless LAN Capability
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PR-SC5530

11.2 Channel THX Certified Network A/V Controller Dolby Atmos Built-In

  • Built-in New Dolby Atmos Surround Format
  • THX Select2 Plus Certified for Theater-Reference Sound Quality
  • Massive Toroidal Transformer and Two Separate Transformers for Audio and Video Processing
  • HDMI 2.0 Terminals for Ultra HD Entertainment
  • Supports HDCP 2.2
  • 3 x HDMI Outputs Including Zone 2 HDMI
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® Certified Wireless LAN Capability
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TX-NR838

7.2 Channel THX Certified Network A/V Receiver Dolby Atmos Firmware Upgradable

  • Dolby Atmos Surround Format: Ready to Upgrade
  • THX Select2 Plus Certified for Theater-Reference Sound Quality
  • WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) Custom Audio Parts
  • 130 W/ch
  • HDMI 2.0 Terminals for Ultra HD Entertainment
  • Supports HDCP 2.2
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® Certified Wireless LAN Capability
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TX-NR737

7.2 Channel THX Certified Network A/V Receiver Dolby Atmos Firmware Upgradable

  • Dolby Atmos Surround Format: Ready to Upgrade
  • THX Select2 Plus Certified for Theater-Reference Sound Quality
  • WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) Custom Audio Parts
  • 110 W/ch
  • HDMI 2.0 Terminals for Ultra HD Entertainment
  • Supports HDCP 2.2
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® Certified Wireless LAN Capability
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TX-NR636

7.2 Channel Network A/V Receiver Dolby Atmos Firmware Upgradable

  • Dolby Atmos Surround Format: Ready to Upgrade
  • WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) Custom Audio Parts
  • 95 W/ch
  • HDMI 2.0 Terminals for Ultra HD Entertainment
  • Supports HDCP 2.2
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® Certified Wireless LAN Capability

Dolby Atmos Compatible Onkyo Products

Speakers & HTiB Systems


 

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HT-S9700THX

7.1- Channel THX Certified Integrated System THX Certified Network A/V Receiver with Dolby Atmos Built-In 7.1 Speaker Package

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HT-S7700

5.1.2- Channel Integrated System Network A/V Receiver with Dolby Atmos Built-In Dolby Atmos-Enabled Front Speakers

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SKS-HT693

5.1.2- Channel Home Theater Speaker Package Includes Dolby Atmos-Enabled Front Speakers

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SKH-410

2- Channel Speaker Modules Dolby Atmos-Enabled Add-On Speaker Modules

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Dolby Atmos & Onkyo FAQs

Speakers & HTiB Systems


 

What speakers can I use?

There are a number of ways to adapt your home theater for Dolby Atmos. Regular in-ceiling speakers can be connected to your receiver’s height channels. You can also purchase Dolby Atmos-enabled front speakers or add-on front speaker modules, which feature an upward-firing transducer that bounces discrete height effects from your ceiling.

How will I be able to get Dolby Atmos content?

You will be able to play Dolby Atmos content at home in two ways: • On Blu-ray Discs, through a Blu-ray Disc player or compatible game console set to bitstream output. • As streaming content, through a connected streaming player set to bitstream output.

What’s difference between Dolby Atmos in the cinema and in the home?

The cinema, with its giant screen and massive sound system, will always be the reference for the ultimate entertainment experience. While home theaters have fewer speakers, the Dolby Atmos home experience is extremely powerful. It combines traditional home theater speaker layouts with either ceiling-mounted speakers or new Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers to create a plane of sound above the listener. The impact of either in-ceiling or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers is breathtaking. Your room fills with realistic, multidimensional sound that places you directly in the center of the entertainment experience.

What is the smallest setup configuration that Dolby recommends? What is the largest?

Dolby suggests that for high-end home theaters, a 7.1.4 system (a traditional 7.1 channel-based layout with four overhead speakers) is the gold standard. However, Dolby Atmos content is not tied to any specific playback configuration. Whether you have a full 7.1.4 system or a 5.1.2 system, the same content source will be fed to it, and the audio experience will be optimized for your specific home theater setup.

Should I buy Dolby Atmos content even if I don’t have new equipment?

The Dolby Atmos format was designed to be backward compatible, so it will play on both new and existing hardware platforms. With this in mind, you should purchase the Dolby Atmos® version of content (i.e.: movies, games, etc.) whenever that is available. If you upgrade your equipment in the future to Dolby Atmos-capable products, this will unlock the ultimate experience from Dolby Atmos content. In the meantime, you will still experience great surround from Dolby Atmos content through traditional channel-based systems.

Who is creating content, such as movies, for Dolby Atmos in the home?

Globally, more than 100 cinema blockbusters have been released featuring Dolby Atmos soundtracks in the past two years, and many more are on the way. Major Hollywood studios are partnering with Dolby to create home video versions of both current box office releases and previously released favorites for release in 2014. In addition to global studio partnerships, Dolby is partnering with game and music content creators to develop Dolby Atmos technology for future home theater use.

Is my older model Onkyo A/V receiver compatible with Dolby Atmos?

While the format is backward compatible, and therefore playable on legacy A/V receivers, you’ll need an A/V receiver with a Dolby Atmos DSP engine to experience the full multidimensional effects. Onkyo 2014 high-end A/V receivers, controllers, and HTiB packages are the first products in our line to feature Dual DSP Engines delivering the complete Dolby Atmos® effect.

When will the Dolby Atmos firmware update be released?

A firmware update is scheduled for September, 2014 for TX-NR636, TX-NR737, and TX-NR838 network A/V receivers.

What products is the Dolby Atmos firmware update intended for?

This firmware is for TX-NR636, TX-NR737, and TX-NR838 network A/V receivers manufactured in 2014. Dolby Atmos firmware is not intended for the TX-SR333, TX-NR535, or any A/V receivers manufactured prior to 2014.

Where can I find a list of Dolby Atmos movies?

To learn more about this game-changing format, and to see a list of movies mixed in Dolby Atmos, please visit the Dolby website.


Gallery: Dolby Atmos Speaker Configurations

Compatible Onkyo A/V receivers scale Dolby Atmos® to suit any home theater layout from 5.1 to 11.1 channels, with the full impact experienced by adding two or more height channels.


 

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Standard Surround Sound (7.1 channels) Dolby Atmos Creates Sound Objects The Full Effect of Dolby Atmos sound objects Onkyo Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers Onkyo Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers 2

Transforming Home Entertainment


The introduction of Dolby Atmos is the biggest development to hit home theater since surround-sound formats were first launched in the 1980s. Originally developed for commercial cinemas only a few years ago, the format required a complete retooling of the ecosystem from content capture to studio mixing to playback. Now there are over 100 blockbuster Dolby Atmos titles already screening in multiplexes around the world, and for the first time you can now experience the magic of this revolutionary new format in the comfort of your own home.Onkyo high-current amplification technology and Dolby Atmos are ready to bring powerful multidimensional surround-sound experience to your home listening space.