So How Do Dolby Atmos Speakers Work?
Instead of mounting speakers on to the ceiling of living room, Atmos speakers work a bit differently.
Their smaller footprint allows them to be placed upon the top of your rear or front speakers of your existing surround sound system.
This will make for an incredibly short installation time as you won’t need brackets, harnesses, or any other hardware.
The upward pointing direction of Dolby Atmos speakers rely on bouncing the sound waves from the speaker to the ceiling in order to achieve the same results as a set of proper ceiling speakers (sans clumsy installation process).
In this diagram by Pioneer, you can clearly see how the Dolby Atmos technology works:
Is Dolby Atmos Worth It?
Many audiophiles are on the fence when it comes to deciding whether or not they should upgrade their sound system to one that is capable of handling an additional set of Dolby Atmos speakers.
After all, the investment in an additional receiver that can accommodate two additional channels is nothing to sneeze at.
But those who have upgraded, well, let’s just say that they haven’t turned back…
As lauded by those in the /r/audiophile subreddit, you can see some folks exclaiming the following:
But beyond casual sites like Reddit, you even see enthusiasts over at AVS Forum singing the same tune: