Forget soundbars – I used a Sony TV as the main speaker in a wireless Dolby Atmos system, and got cinema-like results

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Forget soundbars – I used a Sony TV as the main speaker in a wireless Dolby Atmos system, and got cinema-like results

Dolby Atmos home theater audio systems can range from a modest soundbar to an elaborate, 39-speaker configuration such as the one TechRadar profiled in 7 home theaters to die for – the most incredible movie setups. The flexible, scalable nature of the Dolby Atmos soundtrack format allows for a wide assortment of configurations between those extremes, with 5.1.2-channel speaker systems being the most common.

Sony makes some of the best soundbars but has also branched out into the best wireless speakers world dominated by Sonos. The company’s new Bravia Theater Quad system ($2,499 / £2,499 (about AU$3,900) is a clever Dolby Atmos soundbar alternative comprised of four compact wireless speakers that can be paired with an optional Sony wireless subwoofer. With a sub added, it becomes a 4.1.4-channel system, with four up-firing Atmos speakers and the center dialogue channel delivered via Sony’s 360 Spatial Sound Mapping virtual processing.