We’ve been talking about why you’d want a Dolby Atmos home theater setup for quite some time. So what’s holding you back?
If you don’t have the space (or budget) to put speakers all over the room, Samsung Electronics may have the solution you’ve been seeking. The company just introduced the HW-K950, a Dolby Atmos-capable soundbar.
Well, technically… this isn’t exactly a soundbar, but more of a soundbar package. That’s because the HW-K950 includes a super-slim soundbar, a pair of wireless Dolby Atmos-enabled rear speakers, and a wireless subwoofer. That soundbar isn’t your typical speaker, though. It actually has three forward-facing and two upwards-facing speakers packed into a cabinet that measures just 2.1 inches high.
Samsung says that this solution can deliver 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos sound in just about any space.
Dolby Atmos is an “object-based” audio format that’s used in select commercial theaters around the world. Over the past year, manufacturers have been cranking out: products that will put the same format into the home—so you can experience: the most immersive audio format in private. See, instead of assigning audio to specific channels (left, right, etc.) in your system, Dolby Atmos actually attaches sound to objects on-screen. This truly puts you in the middle of the action, because it can deliver sound from every angle, including above.
Back in November, Yamaha introduced the very first Dolby Atmos soundbar, the YSP-5600. Priced at $1,699.95, the YSP-5600 is just a single soundbar—with 46 speaker drivers, Yamaha’s Digital Sound Projector technology, and the promise that a DTS:X firmware upgrade would be coming at some point. However, the YSP-5600 doesn’t come with extra speakers or a matching sub.
While it doesn’t quite beat a complete speaker complement, Samsung’s HW-K950 is slightly closer to having a full home audio setup. Unfortunately, there’s no word on availability or pricing just yet.
Still wondering why you should invest in this technology? Check out “7 Blu-rays Worth the Upgrade to Dolby Atmos.”