Dolby’s latest surround system for home cinemas is quickly gaining traction with the release of Atmos enabled receivers and speakers. I recently had the opportunity to hear Atmos at one of my local distributors. My take on it was that Dolby has done a fantastic job of improving the overall immersive experience of any surround system. For those of you that already have a 5.1 or 7.1 system, Atmos adds an improved perception of height and motion pushing the physical boundaries of your home cinema to new levels. For those of you considering a surround system, getting Atmos actually does not add that much cost and is well worth considering. Atmos requires an Atmos enabled receiver and either 2 or 4 Atmos dedicated speakers that are either sitting on top of existing surround speakers and firing up or in the ceiling and firing down. A traditional 5.1 surround system utilizes a center channel speaker, left and right speakers, two rear sorround speakers and a single subwoofer. A 7.1 system utilizes two additional speakers that are located mid room. Expanding on this concept the Atmos system is designated as either a 5.1.2 using two Atmos speakers or a 5.1.4 with 4 Atmos speakers. Atmos is not here to replace either 5.1 or 7.1 it is simply an add on to these systems. This may seem a little complicate but it really is not. All of the magic happens in the receiver. All that is needed is to dedicate either 2 or 4 speakers to these effects channels. Arizona Audio Visual is ready to get your cinema up to speed with Atmos. Call to find out more.