KEF Q50a Dolby Atmos-Enabled Surround Speaker (Pair)
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Developed by Dolby Laboratories, Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology and the audio component of their Dolby Cinema design. Building on existing surround sound systems, it is characterized by the addition of height channels, allowing for more immersive three-dimensional audio.
While initially launched for the cinema industry, Dolby today licenses its Dolby Atmos technology to many consumer electronics devices such as speakers, headphones, TVs, and smartphones along with popular audio and video streaming services.
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In its truest form, Dolby Atmos allows for a total of 128 discrete audio tracks along with metadata describing spatial audio components (location, type, intensity, speed, volume, movement, etc.) for optimal dynamic rendering to loudspeakers depending on the capabilities of the theatre. An audio channel is assigned to each track for a total of 128 channels or audio objects.
In its theatre implementation, Dolby Atmos reserves 9.1 bed channels for ambience stems or centre dialogue, leaving objects to utilize the remaining 118 tracks. The apparent source location of each object in a theatre is specified as a set of 3D coordinates relative to the defined audio channel locations and theatre boundaries.
These channels are scaled down for home audio to only one bed channel in LFE* and 11 dynamic objects. Dolby Atmos home theatres that are built atop conventional 5.1 and 7.1 surround setups have a slightly different nomenclature with a third number appended in the end. This number represents the quantity of overhead or Dolby Atmos speakers present in the setup. Dolby Atmos speaker setups for home theatres can be found in configurations ranging from a 3.1.2 setup all the way up to a 24.1.10 arrangement.
*LFE is an optional band-limit Low Frequency Effects channel delivering bass-only information under 120 Hz. Its purpose is to ease the burden on other channels and supplement the overall base content of the program. It is primarily designed for consuming audio in movies. It differs from a Sub Out in that the latter represents how some or all of the bass information will be reproduced. In contrast, the former is only used to carry additional bass information in the Dolby Digital program.
The typical Dolby Atmos speaker system or home theatre consists of compatible speakers, a viewing device (like a TV or projector), and a Dolby-Atmos certified AV Receiver (with an optional preamplifier) capable of rendering audio objects. Apart from playing back standard 5.1 and 7.1 surround mixes, the Dolby Atmos speaker system provides each loudspeaker with its own unique feed based on its exact location, providing new height channels for the precise panning of particular sounds from planes or rain, for example.
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Although launched for commercial use back in 2012, the Dolby Atmos sound system has slowly made its way into consumer products and provides certification for audio applications across various classes of devices. Some of the earliest products to feature Dolby Atmos sound systems were home cinema AV receivers, preamplifiers, and home-theatre-in-a-box packages. Around the same time, several movies and video games were also released with Dolby Atmos grading.
In recent years, Dolby Atmos sound can be found on AppleTV and their AirPods. It is also featured in several audio and video streaming services from Apple, Amazon, Disney, Netflix, Tidal and many more. Soundbars are another class of products that emulate the Dolby Atmos soundstage and are available from several top brands. It is important to note that in order to enjoy Dolby Atmos sound it is imperative to have:
Now let’s take a brief look at some of the most common consumer implementations of Dolby Atmos sound:
Home Theatres: Broadly, there are two ways to add Dolby Atmos speakers to your home theatre setup. Integrated speakers provide Dolby Atmos sound in a traditional front-firing speaker setup with up-firing speaker elements. Alternatively, add-on modules can be added to existing speakers either on top or within 3 feet of them by placing them in their own cabinet. Dolby lays down general guidelines for the optimal placement of speakers. However, it’s advisable to consult audio experts before making any purchases to ensure that the right number of speakers is positioned correctly for a given set of room dimensions.
Headphones: Several headphones for PCs and gaming consoles come with Dolby Atmos sound certification and work by using algorithms to convert Atmos object metadata into binaural 360° output. Along with popular products such as AirPods, OS-level support from Windows enables Dolby Atmos with almost any pair of headphones via a Dolby Access license.
Smartphones: Dolby Atmos sound systems are a prominent feature found in smartphones from various companies including Apple, Samsung, Lenovo, Razer, Huawei, OnePlus, Realme, Motorola, Sony and many more. It provides Atmos sound not just for earphones but also for loudspeakers providing a surround sound experience even without earphones. This makes content consumption on phones all the more immersive.
Cars: Dolby Atmos speakers have also started featuring in car stereo systems starting with the Lucid Air from Lucid Motors. It features a 21-speaker system that not only enhances in-car audio but also provides increased overall safety with enhanced driver aids featuring directional acoustic signalling of notifications, warnings, and all other driver and passenger alerts.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. How many speakers do I need for Dolby Atmos?
A. A minimum of 2 height channels are required for a Dolby Atmos setup making the bare minimum a 2.0.2 configuration. However, Dolby recommends at least four height speakers for the best 3D experience. If we couple this with a standard 5.1 or 7.1 surround setup, we are looking at a 5.1.4 or 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos home theatre setup. Therefore a total of 10 or 12 speakers respectively consisting of 5 or 7 full-range speakers, 1 subwoofer and 4 overhead (directional) speakers are needed to experience Dolby Atmos spatial surround.
Q. Does Dolby Atmos work wirelessly?
A. Absolutely! Dolby Atmos can be enjoyed over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. However, it is important to note that Dolby Atmos experienced through this sort of implementation may not offer the same expansive sound quality as its wired counterpart. This is because the audio quality depends on the codec employed to decode the audio stream. Some Bluetooth codecs, for example, simply do not have the bandwidth to handle such a large quantum of data.
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