Step Up to Object-Based Audio with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X

Step up to object-based audio. Learn what it takes to achieve 3D sound through Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, provide a 3D soundstage that has revolutionized how we experience home  theater. Both  isolate specific object-based audio—think chopper blades whirring overhead or storm clouds rolling in with lighting and thunder—and project that sound from key speakers in a surround setup. It’s more immersive in all the right ways. And once you’ve heard it, there’s almost no going back..

Here’s why object-based audio matters

Traditional upmixing in home theater audio associates a sound with an individual speaker on a 2D plane. While impressive in its overall effect—especially given a robust 5.1 or 7.1 setup—something’s still missing to complete the sonic experience.  Object-based audio really captures specific overhead and peripheral sounds, lending a more refined and atmospheric quality that feels truer to the physical representation of what your hearing.. Each object is encrypted with metadata that articulates the intention and direction of that sound: where its located in a room, what direction its coming from, how quickly it will travel across the sound field, etc. Audio products, like AV receivers, with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X codec compatibility read the profiles of these sound objects as they are communicated from the content source and determine which speakers in your system must reproduce that sound.

Dolby Atmos vs. DTS:X

Dolby Atmos and DTS:X are nearly identical in quality. One benefit of DTS:X is the ability to manually adjust sound objects. So if you’re straining to hear dialogue, you can boost that audio object without having to increase the overall sound coming out of your center channel. Dolby requests a 5.1 or 7.1 speaker arrangement for best performance, including at least one pair of height speakers. For some, this can be achieved by installing discrete speakers into the ceiling to direct the sound down toward the listening area. For those who do not want to make any home renovations, 3D audio can be achieved with upward-firing Atmos/DTS:X-enabled speakers — often placed within or on top of  tower speakers — which then reflects the object-based audio off your ceiling toward you. DTS:X has no official requirement for the setup of your home theater — just set it up to accommodate your space and tastes. DTS:X has no official requirement for the setup of your home theater — just set it up to accommodate your space and tastes and let your receiver auto-calibrate. If you plan on enjoying both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X within the same speaker system, set them up based on the Atmos recommendations.

How to achieve 3D sound at home

You may already have all the right tools to enjoy multi-dimensional sound. For example, if you’ve purchased an AVR within the last year few years, chances are it’s equipped to decode Dolby Atmos and DTS:X (and if not, that decoding may be available via a firmware update). If your Dolby Atmos or DTS:X content source comes via a Blu-ray player, two quality HDMI cables are needed — one to connect the Blu-ray player to your receiver, and another to go from your receiver to the TV. Your speakers are the final solve here. And Definitive Technology is more than equipped to handle your newfound sonic 3D tastes.

What else do I need to do?

Pop in one of these Dolby Atmos or DTS:X encoded Blu-rays, sit back and allow yourself to be taken to a new sound dimension.

If you still aren’t convinced, this is the best way to explain it: imagine what it must be like if you could only see in shades of gray — and then one day you could see the full spectrum of color. That’s how startlingly enhanced three-dimensional sound is. It’s an audio adventure you must experience to fully appreciate it.

Learn more about Dolby Atmos/DTS:X-enabled speakers — take a look at the Definitive Technology BP9000 Series.