Dolby: Atmos Blu-ray Discs Due This Year

Dolby Atmos surround sound will begin appearing on Blu-ray discs and streaming services this fall, with more titles to come in 2015.
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Dolby Atmos surround sound will begin appearing on Blu-ray discs and streaming services this fall, with more titles to come in 2015.

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Dolby said consumers likely won’t need a new Blu-ray player to play Atmos-encoded discs because “existing players that fully conform to the Blu-ray specification will be able to support Dolby Atmos content on a Blu-ray Disc,” said Brett Crocket, Dolby’s sound research director. The players will spit out the Atmos bitstream through their HDMI outputs to AV receivers and preamp processors with embedded Atmos decoders, the company previously told TWICE.

Onkyo and Pioneer have announced plans for Atmos-decoding AV receivers and Atmos-enabled speakers.

Atmos precisely places individual sounds into a room by assigning each one an X, Y, and Z coordinate. Atmos also places sounds overhead if consumers install in-ceiling speakers, but if consumers don’t want to install in-ceiling speakers, said Crockett, “our partners will offer new Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers that produce full, detailed overhead sound from speakers located where your conventional speakers are now.”

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