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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.'

Jason Knott · June 22, 2012

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 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. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at jknott@ehpub.com

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