Going to a movie theater used to be an exciting affair. Nowadays, the seats, the popcorn smells, and the big screen have become worn, nauseating, and drowned out by rude audiences.
However, you can create a better experience in your home. Most people know about having a big screen and theater equipment, but Dolby Atmos really takes home theater to Cineplex levels.
Dolby Atmos is an “object-based” audio format. So instead of assigning audio to specific channels (left, right, etc.), Dolby Atmos attaches sound to objects on-screen. This creates a realistic sound experience from every angle, including above.
Of course, there’s a catch. You will need equipment that can decode this audio format. For best results, consider a Dolby Atmos-enabled receiver and speakers throughout the room, including ones on the ceiling. This is what packs the biggest punch. Also, you will need Dolby Atmos-encoded content, which is currently available on select Blu-ray and streaming media titles. Looking for the ones to demo that setup? Here are five of our favorites:
Mad Max: Fury Road
George Miller’s 2015 reboot resurrects the style and theme of his classic franchise, but Dolby Atmos brings all of that into the 21st century—and right into your living room. The movie is a nonstop barrage of sound, with crazy cars, motorcycles, screams, explosions, and flailing guitar solos running rampant throughout the entire soundfield.
Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated depiction of the life of Chris Kyle is a compelling, emotional rollercoaster ride. However, it’s the Dolby Atmos track that will get your adrenaline pumping with explosions, gunshots, and rolling tanks that are almost too close for comfort.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson typically plays a likeable action star, but Dolby Atmos is definitely the hero of this movie. The story can be a little cheesy, but the immersive sounds of glass shattering, sirens, helicopters, and crumbling buildings will keep you glued for the film’s entire 114-minute runtime.
Even if you’re not adventurous, you may want to explore this 2015 adventure flick. It depicts the 1996 Mount Everest disaster and manages to put you right on the side of that mountain—surrounded by whipping winds, snow, helicopters, and chilling despair.
The creators of movie know a little something about sound—and have Oscars for Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Music (Original Score) to prove it. The opening scene will pull you in, but that score, the explosions, and the immersive atmosphere are equally as engaging.
Looking for additional movie picks or just ready to experience in-your-face audio at home? Contact EDG at (888) 406-2782 for more information about Dolby Atmos.
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