Netflix has been rolling out a steady stream of updates recently, and latest in the list is the ability for users with high-def home theatre systems with Dolby Atmos support to listen to a select few movies with full 7.1.2-channel surround sound audio.
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Combining Dolby Vision pictures and Dolby Atmos high-end audio in LG's new range of top-shelf televisions, Dolby is on a push to bring its cinema technologies to the lounge room.
The biggest names in home entertainment all had their wares on show at the CES electronics show in Las Vegas, but one name that kept cropping up was Dolby. While Australia might still be waiting for its first Dolby Vision-enabled digital cinemas, the entertainment giant is pushing ahead on televisions, disc players and audio gear.
Soundbars are great. They don't add to the bulk of your home entertainment system, since they can easily hide away underneath your TV, but they add a huge boost in sound quality over your TV's tinny integrated speakers. If you want surround sound, some have wireless rear speakers. If you want Dolby Atmos for overhead surround sound, though -- you need something special. And that's where the Samsung K950, a slim soundbar that can bounce sound off your ceiling, comes in.
In Australia, we love soundbars -- they're compact, but offer sound quality that's a massive step ahead of even the best TVs' integrated speaker systems. New advances in surround sound like Dolby Atmos don't play well with all-in-one soundbar designs, though, which is why Samsung's new K950 soundbar has wireless rear speakers, and 15 different internal speaker drivers across the surround setup, some of which bounce sound off your ceiling.
5.1-channel surround sound is so 2013. Dolby Atmos is coming to Australian cinemas, but soon enough you'll be able to get it in your living room as well. Later this month, Onkyo will be the first company with home theatre equipment that works with new Dolby Atmos surround speakers.
More than two years ago, Dolby trotted out Atmos, the most advanced surround sound system in history. It's been used to bring explosions and battles to deafening life in everything from Gravity to The Hobbit. It's available in hundreds of theatres, and now Dolby plans to bring Atmos to your house.
The normal surround sound in any garden-variety movie cinema is already pretty good, but it's about to get a whole lot better. Village and Reading cinemas around the country are installing or planning to install Dolby Atmos in their flagship auditoriums, with up to 64 speakers inside each movie theatre.