WHAT IS ATMOS? AND 8 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Atmos is a speaker based system that lets film makers place sound elements in a 3D space. There are two Atmos systems: the 5.1 system and the 7.2 system. With these, if you want to create the illusion that someone is behind the audience you just throw sound to the speakers behind the audience. The same will happen if you want to create an illusion that something is above or at the side of the audience. With the Atmos system, the engineer simply picks a point in a 3D space and the system automatically adjusts the sound coming of the appropriate speaker.
The 8 things you need to know about Atmos include the following:
*If you use it in your house, an A/V receiver with an Atmos renderer will first take your room calibration then recreate a 3D audio environment.
*On a mobile device, a hardware encoder takes Atmos-certified content and recreates the object oriented Soundscape with the headphones.
*For your home, you will have to buy a new Atmos-enabled receiver with a renderer.
*For a mobile device, you can buy a smartphone or a tablet with a hardware Atmos renderer inside.
*There are over 150 Atmos-enabled movies available for you so you will be spoilt of choice.
*The streaming options are up to Hulu, Netflix, Amazon and other companies that stream videos.
*If you want to buy it, a majority of the gear will be available this fall in time for holiday shopping.
*The Onkyo all-in-one system will cost $899 and the prices just climb up from there.
It is worth considering this stuff. Even though it does not sound as nice as theater it is so close to it and will make you enjoy your movies just as if you are in real theater.