Over the past year, there has been a lot of buzz about Dolby Atmos. The audio format was previously a perk that was limited to select movie theaters. Earlier this year, however, Dolby decided to unleash the immersive format on home enthusiasts.
That basically means that if you have a Dolby Atmos-capable system, you can actually experience sound from almost every direction, including overhead.
Soon after, the Auro-3D format started popping up in certain products. It also creates a similar experience, promising to wrap the listener in “a cocoon of life-like sound.” This is done via “height channels,” just like Atmos. However, unlike Dolby’s format, Auro-3D can project up to two sound layers. One is right above the typical surround layer, with a second coming straight from above—which is why it’s also known as the “Voice of God” channel.
However, to get these new formats, you’re going to need new equipment. You’ll need a receiver that can support one of the new formats, actual content, and of course, extra speakers. That’s where Atlantic Technology comes in. The company just debuted something new for its lineup of in-ceiling speakers. However, what makes the IC-6-OBA different is that it was specifically designed to reproduce all of those “object-based” elevation channels.
The IC-6-OBA can make that magic with a 6-inch woofer and a pair of 1-inch tweeters. All of that allows the IC-6-OBA to deliver “a wide scatter” instead of the typical “hot spots” directly below the listener.
“It is the closest we can get to a true movie theater experience,” says Peter Tribeman, Atlantic Technology’s president. “Once you have heard an object-based soundfield using IC-6-OBA speakers, it is difficult to go back to standard 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound.”
Atlantic Technology plans to start selling the IC-6-OBA speakers sometime in January, priced at $325 each.