And with new televisions offering cinema quality pictures, it makes sense you would want the sound to match. The only problem is traditional predetermined channel locations defined by the 5.1 or 7.1 speaker set-up is quickly becoming outdated, with Dolby Atmos technology now leading the way for home theatre experience. First introduced to the cinema in 2012, Dolby’s new technology works with everything from a 192-speaker cinema set-up to a soundbar or compatible smartphones using stereo headphones. Dolby Laboratories vice president of sound tech research and development Brett Crocket explained Atmos delivers moving audio that can be precisely placed in a three-dimensional space, including anywhere overhead. “It allows the filmmaker to decide exactly where the sound should originate and where it should move as the scene develops,” he told An example of how upward firing speakers in a soundbar help create the illusion that sound is coming from above.Source:Supplied To put this into perspective, think of a scene in a movie with a helicopter taking off and then flying in circles around a building top. With traditional predetermined 5.1 or 7.1 setups, that audio has to be assigned to specific channels and can be lost when mixed together with other sounds. Atmos frees sound from channels and allows sounds to exist as individual entities, which means they can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room to mimic what you would hear in real life. This means, with Atmos, you would actually have the illusion of a helicopter taking off and flying around inside your living room. The technology is able to recreate these sounds by using speakers including both traditional front-firing and upward-firing elements. “Dolby Atmos knows where your speakers or soundbar are located and will render the audio to be delivered in the way creatives intended,” he said. “We perform a lot of testing in odd shaped rooms and have found Dolby Atmos to be very resilient. We joke that we dare people to find a room that the technology will sound bad in.” There are currently more than 70 audio/video receivers (AVR), 40 speaker models and 13 soundbars capable of delivering a