Dolby Atmos coming soon to Xbox One and Windows 10
Both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC owners will soon be able to take full advantage of Dolby Atmos (opens in new tab), a new system that will help create a more 3D sound experience. For movie buffs and gamers, this is quite the big deal when it comes to easily detecting where sound is coming from. Playing Overwatch for example, you don't want any delay when it comes to figuring out where that barrage of pain is being dished out from.
Atmos support on the Xbox One will be the first for video game consoles, allowing developers to implement new capabilities for richer and more engaging experiences. That's the plan anyway. Support for Blu-ray movies is also in the works and should be released soon. So what do you need to enjoy the new Atmos experience? Supported speaker systems, soundbar, or pair of headphones.
If you're one who prefers headphones to a sound system, you won't need to fork out on a new pair. Everything will be handled virtually. But for those who enjoy setting up a home theatre environment can go all out with new speakers, woofers and overhead setups. As a bonus, Microsoft has rolled out Blu-ray Bitstream pass-through to preview members. More details can be found in previous coverage.
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By Jez Corden
But it will be nice if they include that (Dolby atmos) in mobile also...like some other Lenovo tablets n phones which have that feature!
in order to enoy this new kind of surround sound.
Your existing AVR won't cut it. Nice, but ... a bit disappointing.
I wish the actual decoding would be done locally on a W10 PC
and then the signal would be passed through the AVR.
Thus allowing the W10 user to enjoy (respectively test) Dolby Atmos content
without the need of an expensive Dolby Atmos certified AVR-gadget ($$$$). Ok, one could use a stereo headset in the scenario described by Microsoft,
but unless you are a gamer, this is not a such an appealing option. -
and I had been checking Denon's current offerings of AVRs with Atmos support.
Been thinking that I probably should wait for one more generation of Denon AVRs,
kind of looks half-baked right now when it comes to the new surround formats. Could you let me in on those Atmos-capable receivers that are not expensive?
that are expensive. Got this mixed up.
Dolby Atoms now seems to have become pretty much standard on AVRs. Some say Auro-3D is better, but I haven't heard either of the new formats in person. And there does not seem to much of original content for Auro-3D. Although pundits say music sounds better with Auro-3D even if not encoded for Auro-3D. I'd ideally like to have a 11.2 setup or something like that
but this seems to be (financially) a bit too far-fetched these days.
Also have not seen an AVR yet that does integrate all amps for those channels in one chassis. Guess this will take another 3-4 years.
Maybe even some JBL Control One would do the job to complete my 7.1 setup. Of course, the industry makes you think that you need a brand new set of fine-tuned 11.1 (or 11.2) speaker set.
In praxis, I think that (any) good speakers do the job, and yes, you can use more than one speaker brand or product line in one and the same setup. It all depends ... and one actually needs to test it out. Once the industry has managed to get all amps for a 11.1 or a 11.2 setup in one AVR chassis I'll have a closer look and see whether such a beast would break the bank. Such a device will not come shortly, I guess. -