Home Theater Review

 

Dolby Atmos

Dolby-Atmos-4.jpgDolby Atmos is a next-generation surround sound format that was announced by Dolby in April 2012. The first film to make use of the technology was Pixar's Brave at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. The system was well-met by the industry with over 300 theaters installing Atmos systems by 2013.

What sets Atmos apart from other systems already in use is the number of available audio channels and the positioning of the speakers. Atmos can support 128 audio channels and feed them to 64 seperate speakers. Unlike traditional surround sound the Atmos system places speaker above the viewer, to give a dolby-atmos-speaker-placement-diagram-640x531.jpgsense of height to sound effects (like rain, helicopters, etc.)

Atmos recently entered the home theater market with several companies including Pioneer and Onkyo coming out with Atmos-equipped home theater systems. Instead of 64-speakers however, the home versions are scaled down to 11.1 or 9.1 configurations.

  

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So far the following films have been released in Atmos:

Title

Release date (No. of theaters worldwide)

Brave

June 22, 2012 (15)

Taken 2

October 5, 2012 (15)

Chasing Mavericks

October 26, 2012 (25)

Ah Boys to Men

November 6, 2012 (20)

Life of Pi

November 21, 2012 (40)

Rise of the Guardians

November 21, 2012 (44)

Back to 1942

November 29, 2012

Sivaji 3D

December 12, 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

December 14, 2012 (80-100)

CZ12

December 20, 2012

The Guillotines

December 20, 2012

The Last Tycoon

December 22, 2012

Mama

January 18, 2013

Race 2

January 25, 2013

ABCD: Any Body Can Dance

February 8, 2013

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

February 10, 2013

A Good Day to Die Hard

February 14, 2013

Oz the Great and Powerful

March 8, 2013 (400)

Aatma

March 22, 2013

The Croods

March 22, 2013

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

March 28, 2013

Trance

April 5, 2013

Commando

April 12, 2013

Nautanki Saala!

April 12, 2013

Oblivion

April 19, 2013

Iron Man 3

May 3, 2013 (450)

Star Trek Into Darkness

May 17, 2013

Epic

May 24, 2013

Kuiba 2

May 31, 2013

Man of Steel

June 14, 2013

Monsters University

June 21, 2013 (700; 250 in North America)

The Heat

June 28, 2013

Pacific Rim

July 12, 2013

Turbo

July 17, 2013

Mr. Go

July 17, 2013 (Released in Asia)

D-Day

July 19, 2013 (Released in India)

The Wolverine

July 26, 2013

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

August 7, 2013

Planes

August 9, 2013

Elysium

August 9, 2013

Thalaivaa

August 9, 2013

The Grandmaster

August 30, 2013

Toofan

September 6, 2013

Insidious: Chapter 2

September 13, 2013

Lost Place

September 19, 2013

Gravity

October 4, 2013 (1,000; 600 in North America)

Metallica: Through the Never

October 4, 2013

Vanakkam Chennai

October 11, 2013

Pizza II: Villa

October 11, 2013

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon

October 13, 2013 (Released in China)

Ender's Game

November 1, 2013

En Solitaire

November 6, 2013 (Released in France)

Thor: The Dark World (3D only)

November 8, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

November 22, 2013

Frozen

November 27, 2013

The White Storm

December 5, 2013 (Released in China)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

December 13, 2013

Biriyani

December 20, 2013

Dhoom 3

December 20, 2013

Police Story

December 24, 2013 (Released in China)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

December 25, 2013

Mahabharat

December 25, 2013

Vizha - Tamil

December 27, 2013

El Niño

January 1, 2014

The Congress

January 1, 2014

Mindscape

January 1, 2014

Sholay

January 3, 2014

Veeram

January 10, 2014

Jilla

January 10, 2014

1: Nenokkadine

January 10, 2014

Jai Ho

January 24, 2014

I, Frankenstein

January 24, 2014

The Monkey King

February 1, 2014

Gunday

February 14, 2014

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

March 7, 2014

300: Rise of an Empire

March 7, 2014

Noah

March 28, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

April 4, 2014

Rio 2

April 11, 2014

Iceman 3D

April 25, 2014 (Release in China)

Farewell My Concubine

May 15, 2014

Godzilla

May 16, 2014

Coming Home

May 16, 2014 (Release in China)

X-Men: Days of Future Past

May 23, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

July 11, 2014