Now that the whole issue of Dolby Atmos and spatial sound begins to sound louder, you have probably wondered what exactly it is and, most importantly, what options you have to enjoy it. You are going to tell about both things, but we are going to focus above all on the use of ceiling speakers for Dolby Atmos. Because we believe that it is the best option.
What is Dolby Atmos
We have already talked about Dolby Atmos on more than one occasion and we have told you everything it offers, but even so if you have doubts or did not get to read it at the time, let’s make a quick reminder.
The simple way to define Dolby Atmos is as a surround sound experience , although it is not the classic 5.1 or 7.1 type setup with speakers that are positioned around the user. Here the key is in the ability to make you feel as if you were inside a sphere, receiving the sound from different points and heights.
That means that not only will you be able to determine from which side the sound comes to you, but also its height. Thus, and so that you have them even clearer, the noise of the footsteps will sound below your ears while that of an airplane or a helicopter would sound above.
This ability to be able to locate the sound with precision is the great advantage that Dolby Atmos offers and what differentiates this technology, also known as spatial sound, from the rest of the options available to date.
This is why it is so important and has changed the sound experience so much since it was introduced. Regardless of whether you play sound content such as music, movies, series and even video games.
What you need to enjoy Dolby Atmos
As you can imagine, the first requirement to be able to enjoy Dolby Atmos is to have compatible content. Luckily, although there are differences here that we are not going to enter so as not to mess up excessively, it is easy to find it through streaming platforms such as Netflix or Apple Music among others. And yes, also through content in physical format such as Bluray discs.
The second requirement is just as essential as the first and is to have a team capable of reproducing that content, thus being able to offer the experience that Dolby proposes with surround sound capable of placing you in the very core of a sphere.
Therefore, knowing all this and that Dolby Atmos is not so linked to the number of speakers but to their ability to project sound and simulate that it comes from any point, it is important to know that there will be different options to be able to enjoy the technology.
On the one hand, there are the sound bars, which are capable of projecting the sound in different directions in order, playing with the bounce on the ceiling and walls, to achieve the same effect. There are also Dolby Atmos compatible headphones like Apple’s AirPods Pro, Sony models, etc. And then there are those equipment and sound systems that are made up of several speakers that the user positions at different points in the room.
These types of facilities are without a doubt the ones that offer the best experience, but here again there are several possibilities. The first is to place additional speakers on top of those that already surround the user to project the sound towards the ceiling and thus achieve that bounce and feeling that it comes from above.
The second, which we believe is the best despite not being available to everyone, is to use ceiling speakers . The only thing you need is a sound system that allows connection and configuration. This is for more advanced users because of the investment involved in that amplifier, but if you like to enjoy the Dolby Atmos experience to the fullest, it should be the option to choose.
Ceiling speakers for Dolby Atmos
Knowing all this, what ceiling speakers you can buy to enjoy Dolby Atmos in its maximum splendor. Well, as always there are many options, but some proposals are more interesting than others depending on the budget you have and specific needs such as the type of installation they require.
Here are some of these Dolby Atmos in-ceiling speakers that you might want to consider if you’re interested.
One of the cheapest proposals and from a recognized brand, these are the Onkyo SKH-410. Dolby Atmos compatible speakers that you can easily place on the ceiling, the wall or on top of other speakers to facilitate the projection of the sound towards the ceiling and that it bounces.
These ceiling speakers are designed so that you can place them inside the false ceiling that you can have at home. Of course, it will also be necessary to create insulation so that the acoustics improve and do not disturb.
The most attractive of the proposal is logically its price, since if you have to place several and you do not want to make an investment that is too large, they are a good option.
This is another of those interesting proposals as it is directly one for loudspeakers. So if you combine with a second couple the investment with respect to the first would be more or less similar.
In addition, since they do not need to be embedded, it can be more comfortable to install for many users.
Klipsch R 41
Raising the level a bit more and also the price, these Klipsch R 41 are another versatile and quality proposal. You can use them as sound-boosting speakers by placing them on top of the ones you already have or on the ceiling so that they project the sound downwards directly.
Sonos Architectural In-Celing
Sonos already know that it is committed to Dolby Atmos and offers solutions such as its sound bars that already offer the experience by themselves, but if you want to improve there are solutions within its catalog such as the pair of Sonos In-Ceiling ceiling speakers that are within the Architectural range.
It is true that they are not cheap, since they cost 699 euros both, but it is a guarantee of quality and integration if you already have other Sonos products. Although you could also opt for a pair of Sonos One and with their respective brackets place them on the ceiling.
Plan and choose
As you can see, there are very varied options in practically everything, from price to sizes, etc. To be able to set up your ideal installation and enjoy everything that Dolby Atmos and spatial sound have to contribute, it is important that you plan well.
Once you are clear about what you need in case you already have some equipment compatible with Dolby Atmos that you only need to expand in terms of the number of speakers, etc., you should only see that the ones you are going to acquire are at the same level as the ones you are you have, so that there are no differences or a bad investment. Likewise, see if your amplifier or equipment to which you connect the other fan speakers is an option for those that serve to elevate the sound or give you the most complete Dolby experience.
In short, a series of aspects that with a little patience and organization are easy to tie. Once you have it, you will enjoy the experience so much that you may not want to visit a movie theater anymore.