CES hasn’t officially started, but there’s already good news coming out of Vegas for sound enthusiasts, as Samsung talks up a world of Atmos for its surround sound speakers.
A technology that hasn’t quite been picked up by home theatre buffs, Atmos is seen by many as one of two of the next levels of home audio.
You’ve likely seen, heard, and even probably owned some form of a 4.1, 5.1, or 7.1 speaker system in your home before, with the sounds feeling like they come from behind you, but the three dimensional sound technologies that are Dolby Atmos and DTS:X take that concept and allow audio to appear above you, behind you, and essentially all around you.
That’s because the technology is driven by sound engineers placing the sounds in a 3D space, and then sent to your room by way of speakers firing sounds up and around you, with the sound waves bouncing off objects to appear in places around you.
This 3D way of firing the sound makes it more immersive in supported theatres, and it can even come home.
For the past few years, you’ve needed to spend up on a compatible amp and an extra set of speakers if you wanted Atmos or DTS:X technologies in your home, and then needed to find movies released with this set of audio engineering, of which there aren’t all that many.
This year, though, that could change with the release of 4K Blu-ray discs, and that’s good news for owners of the technology.