With Dolby Atmos® technology, you have a few options for overhead sound:
Dolby Atmos enabled speakers are specially engineered to direct sound upward, where it reflects off the ceiling to produce an incredibly lifelike re-creation of overhead sound. Dolby Atmos enabled speakers come in two versions:
- Integrated units that also include traditional forward-firing speakers
- Add-on modules, containing only the upward-firing elements, that you put on top of your current speakers or on a nearby surface
A Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar includes upward-firing speakers.
While two Dolby Atmos enabled speakers, modules, or overhead speakers will deliver a compelling experience, we recommend using four if possible.
While this setup will deliver a compelling experience, we recommend using four Dolby Atmos enabled speakers, modules, or overhead speakers if possible. This will deliver more precisely located and realistic overhead sounds. Whichever you choose, our guide will show you the recommended placement for the best possible experience.
Dolby Atmos speaker layouts parallel the 5.1 and 7.1 setups for surround sound. A 5.1.2 or 7.1.2 system uses two ceiling speakers, or two Dolby Atmos enabled speakers or modules. A 5.1.4 or 7.1.4 system uses four ceiling speakers, or four Dolby Atmos enabled speakers or modules. A 9.1.2 system adds a pair of front wide speakers to a 7.1.2 layout.
Ceiling speakers and Dolby Atmos enabled speakers (or modules) deliver equivalent performance. While using two speakers of either type will provide a convincing and powerful effect, using four speakers will offer the optimum sense of audio movement and precision in most rooms.
DOLBY ATMOS SPEAKER SETUP GUIDES
The configurations noted in this guide are illustrative. We recommend that any overhead speaker installation be performed by professional installers with experience in installing overhead speakers.