Why Now is the Perfect Time to Upgrade Your Surround Sound System
With More Dolby Atmos Sources Available, You Can Enjoy More Immersive Content
Dolby Atmos was introduced to much fanfare for home theaters in 2014. The new format was trumpeted as one of the biggest advances in multi-channel audio in years. Indeed, it brought a more immersive 3D sound to home theater. Consumer electronics partners jumped on the bandwagon early, and products like speakers, receivers, and UHD Blu-ray players started appearing in the market over the next two years.
While new technology is great, you need things that take advantage of it. For Dolby Atmos, the content was slow in coming. The first movie for home viewing released in Atmos on Blu-ray was Transformers, Age of Extinction. Video games like Star Wars: Battlefront followed as Dolby worked with content makers to make full use of the new format. While these titles were excellent showcases for the format, others were slow in coming.
Fast forward to 2019, and all that has changed dramatically. For one, there are over 4400 theaters in the U.S. with immersive Dolby Atmos sound, exposing millions of theatergoers to new levels in cinema audio. Almost every new AV receiver and surround processor now sports support for the format, with most supporting its competitor DTS:X as well. Apple recently announced Dolby Atmos support for the 4K Apple TV and is upgrading its iTunes movie rental offerings to Atmos as well. Amazon's latest streaming stick also supports the sound format. Speakers from respected brands like Bowers and Wilkins and Klipsch are available, both in surface mount or architectural styles designed expressly for delivering those three-dimensional height and positional overhead effects.
You may be thinking: What can I watch with a Dolby Atmos surround sound system in my Roswell or Metro Atlanta home’s media room? The answer is plenty - read on to learn more.
Easy Dolby Atmos Streaming
The good news is the exploding amount of content now available for home viewing with Dolby Atmos. Most new blockbuster titles are being released with immersive Atmos audio on UHD Blu-ray discs. Vudu offers a large number of 4K movie titles with Atmos for online streaming. Most of Netflix's new dramatic series are available with Atmos as well, and Amazon is also offering it on many of theirs. There’s more than enough to watch in the new format, and a plethora of choices in equipment and brands from the budget-friendly to the very high end to deliver it.
Microsoft’s Xbox One console supports the Dolby Atmos format. More games are coming to market every month, with over a dozen available already. Unlike movies, games are played over and over. If you are into gaming – or have a child that is – you will never tire of Atmos audio in your media room or home theater.
What Are the Best Movies to Watch?
Even if you've already seen them, some of these are worth watching again just for the incredible audio mix. Mad Max: Fury Road could be the demo disc for the audio format, not to mention the incredible high dynamic range (HDR) visuals. The award-winning Gravity will have you hearing sounds you didn’t notice the first time around. Blade Runner 2049 is another visual and aural masterpiece. If you are a fan of Game of Thrones – now in its final season on HBO – you can also experience it with Atmos sound, but you’ll have to buy a season on a UHD Blu-ray disc.
GHT Group has all the pieces you need to upgrade your surround sound system in the Roswell area – with Atmos processors from Anthem and McIntosh, and speakers from the best brands like B&W, Paradigm, Martin Logan and more.
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