Dolby atmosphere brings soundtracks to life by surrounding the listener in moving audio that flows with a vivid three-dimensional realm. When you place our atmosphere speaker module on top of one of our complimentary bronze speakers, you will experience a new world of audio. That’s not all, there are still other fascinating features you will get to know at the end of this article.
With Dolby Atmosphere, sounds are no longer constrained to channels but can be precisely placed and moved in three-dimensional space.
Dolby At-665DDmosphere is an object-based surround sound format that supports height channels, which means sound, can come from above your head.
This results in an even more immersive listening experience since, depending on your home theater setup, you can hear sounds coming from all directions.
The Best Dolby Atmosphere Speakers
Dolby Atmosphere renders everything from movie dialogue to whirlwind action with astonishing clarity, richness, detail, and depth.
It all comes together in a sound that will thrill your senses. The up-firing speaker has been styled to sit on top of our Bronze 50 and Bronze 200 speakers.
1. Focal Sib Evo Dolby Atmosphere 5.1.2 Speaker System
The Sib Evo 5.1.2 package combines two compact Sib Evo Dolby Atmosphere speakers to handle left, right, and height channels, with a slim Cub Evo subwoofer and three smaller Sib Evo satellites, for center and rear surround.
The main Sib Evo speakers cleverly incorporate a 76mm full-range up-firer for Atmosphere audio in addition to front-firing speaker drivers. Finished in piano gloss black, the whole set looks positively premium.
While the cosmetic design merits plaudits, the speaker cable provision is uninspiring. The rear of the enclosure has a locking terminal, but this only accepts low-grade bell wire.
For the best results, it’s advisable to sit within 2m of the upfiring fronts, as this brings you within range of their reflected audio.
Bigger rooms might require a 5.1.4 Atmosphere configuration. While you can replace the rear satellite speakers with Dolby enabled models, they cost quite a lot per pair, so it’s not an upgrade path many will feel inclined to take.
Despite its compact size, this Focal system has range and attack. When the War Boys first roar overhead during the opening of Mad Max Fury Road, there’s a real sense of dynamic attack and spatial movement.
All the satellites share the same midrange driver and soft dome tweeter, which aids timbre matching.
2. Sonos Arc Atmosphere Speakers
Sonos has a new Dolby Atmosphere surround sound solution and it’s contained entirely in a single soundbar it calls Arc.
The Sonos Arc draws on Dolby’s latest TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus sound codecs to deliver the best quality lossless audio found on cutting-edge Blu-ray disks and some of the leading streaming services.
It then enhances the 3D soundscape using Dolby Atmosphere object tracks to bounce certain sounds off the walls around you so they feel like they’re coming at you from all angles.
While all this might sound complicated, the Sonos Arc setup couldn’t be simpler, involving just a couple of steps on the smartphone app.
The minimalist cable connections and all-in-one system construction add to this no-fuss feeling and streamlined aesthetic – making it the best Dolby Atmosphere soundbar you can buy in 2021.
3. Samsung HW-N950 Atmosphere Speakers
One of the best soundbars that we have heard to date, the Samsung HW-N950 is the only soundbar that delivers a 7.1.4-channel immersive audio experience.
The use of wireless rear speakers and a subwoofer, make the N950 easy to install and setup.
It also means that the combination of all these speakers is able to deliver object-based audio as the content creators intended, without resorting to psychoacoustic trickery.
The soundbar, speakers, and subwoofer are all well-designed and extremely well-made, while the system as a whole offers plenty of useful features.
The N950 detected and decoded both Dolby Atmosphere and DTS:X without any issues, so if you’re a fan of movies and full, immersive sound then this is definitely the soundbar for you.
It was equally as effective with regular soundtracks, not to mention music via both WiFi and Bluetooth.
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4. KEF R50 Dolby-Enabled Atmosphere Speakers
The KEF R50 represents the premium end of the Dolby-Enabled speaker market. The high gloss speakers are part of KEF’s R Series line and feature the same Uni-Q point source driver array.
A 25mm aluminum vented-tweeter and ‘tangerine waveguide’ sit at the center of a rigid 130mm bass/mid driver, encircled by a distinctive Z-flex surround to minimize distortion.
This ensemble sounds sensational. Alternatively, you can use them to augment an existing speaker system.
A full-range design, the R50 is capable of superb clarity and depth, with the Dolby Atmosphere soundstage spacious and naturalistic. They’re also extremely effective when it comes to dispersion.