A Surround-Sound System Brings the Impact of the Cinema Home
Many people think of home theater in terms of the big screen, but the large display without sound to match won't bring the magic of the cinema home. Just as virtually every flat-panel TV needs a sound upgrade to match the vibrant and sharp pictures, a large home theater screen needs its partner in sound.
If you want the best experience from movies, TV shows, sports, gaming, or whatever you enjoy on the big screen, you want a surround-sound system to give you the feeling you are in the middle of the story. Explore how to bring the latest surround-sound technology and performance to your home theater or media space.
Dolby Atmos – Immersive Surround
The latest in surround sound, Dolby Atmos, is a must for the modern theater. Introduced in 2014, Dolby Atmos is now standard in most AV receivers and processors. Unlike previous surround formats, Dolby Atmos unlocked sound from a channel like left, right, center, or surround. It allowed sound engineers to direct up to 128 points of sound through the surround channels, with overhead speakers – ideally installed in ceilings – creating an all-important height dimension to the soundtrack. The result is helicopter blade sounds that might make you duck, bullets flying everywhere, and musical scores that envelop you and bring out the emotion in the story.
Lots of Content
When Dolby Atmos first appeared on the scene, high-end audio brands were quick to adopt it, but the content for home consumption was slower in coming. Today, that’s no longer the case. Streaming video services like Netflix, Amazon, Disney+, and many others have a wide variety of movies and shows that use the immersive format, making it easier to get the cinematic experience at home. And it's not just that; the video game industry has also authored hyper-realistic games that take full advantage of the three-dimensional sound capabilities. Your surround sound system will immerse you in the plot like never before.
While even quite a few soundbars can process Dolby Atmos soundtracks, no soundbar can beat a dedicated set of high-end components and dedicated speakers. Speakers like Focal Aria and Chora lines offer a full set of speakers for stellar home theater sound, or you can opt for Focal's on-wall or in-wall speakers for a custom home cinema installation. Pair the speakers with the best from Denon and Marantz; both brands offer powerful home theater receivers to power your multichannel audio system. Best of all, you can enjoy immersive surround even from stereo and other multichannel sources through upscaling to take full advantage of all your speakers.