Conventional Dolby 5.1 and 7.1 surround has always had the restriction that the sound is mixed into channels to create the sound track. An example being that if the starship Enterprise flies from the front bottom of the screen and goes over you head the sound can only be mixed into channels to give you the impression of front to back movement.
Dolby Atmos is the first audio format to be based on objects rather that channels. In Dolby Atmos any sound (e.g. The Enterprise) can exist as an independent object free from channel restrictions. It can be placed anywhere in the room including overhead.
This is achieved with the use of a Dolbt Atmos enabled receiver and multiple surround speakers. Dolby Atmos is compatible with 5.1 and 7.1 systems but it really does come into its own when used with multiple speakers.
In our demonstartion room we are using the system in 7.1.2 configeration. This equates to:
7 - Font Left/Right Speakers, Centre Speaker, Rear Left/Right Surround Speakers and Rear Left Right Back Surround Speakers.
1 - Sub Woofer
2 - Left Right Centre Middle Height Speakers. (A pair of in Ceiling Focal Custom IC108)
We are using the Pioneer SC-LX88 AV Receiver and a Focal speaker package with a REL S2 Sub Woofer.
The sound experience we are creating in our demonstration room is beyond anything that we have experienced before.
At present we are using a Dolby Atmos demonstration Disc, But Atmos encoded discs are immanent and should be with us soon.
We really would recommend that you come into the shop and experience this amazing ground breaking movie experience.