DTS-HD Master Audio vs. Dolby Atmos

When comparing quality of sound and trying to figure out which sound source is best for you there are two possibilities. DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby Atmos are two choices you may be researching. I figured how does DTS HD Master Audio compare to Dolby Atmos. I see many people pondering this question. Lets examine what they are and how they compare to each other.

DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby Atmos are both created to exemplify your listening experience. With some good information and research lets explore which choice may be best for your particular home theater specs.

What Is DTS-HD Master Audio

In it’s beginnings DTS-HD Master Audio was called DTS++. The audio formats used for Blu-ray discs is most likely DTS-HD Master Audio. This can be played with 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 channel surround sound systems. The audio is sometimes considered lossless because most of the audio quality is kept and reproduced at your source without losing hardly any of the original sound from the studio master. The audio needs RCA or HDMI cable connections for it to work at optimal sound quality. This also offers great sound quality with smaller file sizes. The sound quality is extremely hi because it replays at very high bitrates variably up to 24.5 mega bits per second. In other words its a high fidelity sound very close to its original source.

What Is Dolby Atmos

Dolby atmos is an objetc based surround sound system. When speaking about Dolby Atmos its not so much about the quality of the sound but how the sound is delivered through alternating channels. Dolby is more of a 3D immersive sound technology. It’s sound is delivered at certain points in space at certain times to create a three dimensional dome of sound . Atmos’ aim is to create a dome of sound that encompasses the listener. In simpler terms it adds height to your surround system by adding more speakers.

These additional speakers primarily should be mounted in your ceiling. If ceiling speakers are not an option you can mount them up to the ceiling. These speakers are especially designed to fire at a downward angle towards the listeners. If you have a 5.1 surround sound system the Atmos configuration would become a 5.1.2 system. the .2 being the two speakers you added above. 5.1.4 would mean you added 4 high up speakers and so forth. Dolby Atmos allows professional movie theaters to add many many channels to create an immersive sound for their movie goers. For the average home owner you probably would not require adding more than 10 upper channels at the most depending on the size of your theater.

DTS-HD Master Audio vs. Dolby Atmos

Which one is better? As far as sound quality and sound delivery both are just as good. You wont be feeling buyer remorse if you had either one. DTS has more flexibility because you can implement this immersive sound with any system configuration you have. Dolby Atmos relies on the addition of adding height speakers to the mix. Ceiling, wall or up firing speakers from the ground. Dolby uses these extra channels to create that immersive 3d sound.

Dolby Atmos does have a slight upper hand because more studios tend to use Dolby which means you have a bigger selection of content to choose from.

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