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Dolby Atmos 62.2 Surround Sound: Coming to Home Theater?

Dolby's new Atmos 62.2 surround sound format may not make it home theaters soon, but the technology is 'sound.'

Clients who ask for "a system just like in the movie theaters" better have deep pockets with the launch of Dolby Lab's new Atmos surround sound system for movie theaters.

The system, which will be debuting with the new Pixar flick "Brave," offers a 62.2 surround sound format that includes developments such as pan-through array and overhead speakers.

While the 62.2 format will likely never make it into home theaters, it's something that integrators should be aware of.

This video from Dolby not only runs through the historical development of audio, from mono to stereo to 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound, but it explains in detail how the new Atmos system works. It is a great video to show your customers about the importance of sound immersion.

To date, 14 theaters are equipped with the system.

Update at 1:50 PM ET: Here is the list of theaters currently equipped with Dolby Atmos 62.2 Surround Sound

AMC BarryWoods 24 (Kansas City, MO)
AMC Burbank 16 (Burbank, CA)
AMC Century City 15 (Century City, CA)
AMC Downtown Disney 24 (Lake Buena Vista, FL)
AMC Garden State 16 (Paramus, NJ)
AMC Van Ness 14 (San Francisco, CA)
ArcLight Sherman Oaks (Sherman Oaks, CA)
Brenden Theatres at the Palms (Las Vegas, NV)
Century at Pacific Commons and XD (Fremont, CA)
Cinemark West Plano and XD (West Plano, TX)
SilverCity-Yonge Eglington Cinemas (Cineplex) (Toronto, ON)
Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23 (Vancouver, WA)
El Capitan Theatre (Hollywood, CA)
Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON at Roosevelt Collection (Chicago, IL)

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About the Author

Jason Knott, Editor, CE Pro
Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California.

12 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by MParker  on  06/22  at  12:45 PM

Yeah… don’t bother to tell us WHICH 14 theaters. That wouldn’t be useful information at all.

Posted by Steve Crowe  on  06/22  at  12:52 PM


The list of theaters has been added. Thx!

Posted by TOM  on  06/22  at  01:00 PM


Posted by Frank MacGill  on  06/22  at  02:19 PM

Your deafness won’t matter much in comparison with your intelligence and imagination.

Posted by sdfasdf  on  06/22  at  02:33 PM

Another gimic.  The problem isn’t hte sond or hte 3D.  It’s that Hollywood makes shitty movies.  There is a reason foreign films are taking off on netlfix.  It’s the story!

Posted by Tim  on  06/22  at  03:23 PM

I’m not sure the writer even watched the video.  This technology would scale depending on how many speakers you set up and choose to configure.  My receiver today comes with a mic and auto configures itself for the speaker layout in the room.

Just like they talk about in the clip, a huge variety of theatre setups, and therefore home setups will be scalable with this technology.

Sounds great to me and I look forward to be able to use this technology at home.

Posted by David Xavier  on  06/22  at  04:19 PM

I believe and don’t quote me.
SOME of Avatar was shot in 11/22 (or as its known 22/11), but dark knight rises is still using 7.1 for most of the movie.

Unless the movie or film is actually mixed with 11/22 or higher it isn’t going to really matter much because the bottom and upper channels will just be in reality non existent.

Still i’d love to see avatar at one of these theaters, especially the imax2 in jersey.

Posted by Ant  on  06/22  at  05:03 PM
Posted by Ant  on  06/23  at  12:24 AM

No, for me thanks to my mono bone conduction hearing aid and being deaf since birth. :(

Posted by Conversea  on  06/23  at  03:56 AM

Could it not be that concentrating on mixing 4 channels or perhaps 4.1 accurately would be far superior to throwing extra sources into a home cinema? Perhaps 6.1 if it is desirable to include height in the sound stage.

There is an argument for large commercial rooms in that there are a multitude of listening positions to satisfy. However adding extra sound sources into any room will create sonic interference minefields.

Scaling or down mixing is clever but as always tailored resolutions will invariably leave scope for better works.

Sdfasdf has hit upon a certain truth.

Posted by davenport  on  06/25  at  10:46 PM

I saw Brave 3D with Atmos in Century City, CA over the weekend seated in a decent position in the theater.  I was not blown away but my eardrums were a few times in the movie (2-3 parts of the movie were painfully loud). 

Overall, it was a comparable experience to watching a quality 7.2 system in a proper home theater.  This combination of quality sound and the huge screen for 3D will keep me coming back to the theater for the new releases. $19 per ticket is the worst part of the experience.

Posted by Bruce Coffman  on  06/26  at  05:43 PM

How many CP750’s and Lake Processors can YOU fit in a rack?!?

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