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Dolby's Atmos technology will bring another layer of surround sound to your home

L Spector | Sept. 4, 2014
Ready for speakers in the ceiling? Dolby Atmos will soon make the jump from high-end movie theaters to the home theater, and then to your headphones too.

The soundtrack will be backward compatible. Play it on a conventional system, and both the player and the receiver will see it as a normal 5.1 mix. A Dolby spokesperson promised that the company is working with Netflix and other major streaming services on bringing Atmos to the Internet.

If the content becomes common, wealthy home theater enthusiasts will likely jump on the Atmos bandwagon. The rest of us will probably wait and see about quality and price issues. At best, there will be a steady drip towards Atmos ubiquity--at least until something better comes along.


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