Dolby Atmos is one of the coolest things to happen to audio in a while and a technology that really helps to make movies that much more immersive. It can be found in a very limited number of theaters for showings of 'Taken 2,' and many of those that have heard it used have one big question – when can I have it in my house?
The folks at D + M and the people over at McIntosh have parted ways. In a deal that was announced earlier this week, McIntosh has been sold to an Italian company known as Fine Sounds, who own Sonus Faber, Audio Research, Wadia and Sumiko – all makers of high-end components. This puts McIntosh in fine company.
Dolby Atmos is one of those innovations that you really have to hear to appreciate. It takes care of nagging theatrical audio problems like dead spots, but it does much more than that. With Atmos, sound engineers can direct audio to specific locations and give a better immersion and feeling of movement. The technology was first shown to the public for 'Brave,' and it's coming again for 'Taken 2.' A total of 15 theaters will be using Atmos, with one in Canada and two in China also embracing Dolby's new creation. Hit the jump to see a list of theatres showing 'Taken2' in Dolby Atmos:
Initial reactions to the 48 frames per second version of Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' were less than pleasant. Those who saw it said that the difference between effects and real actors and sets was glaring, which is a huge problem for a movie as digitally enhanced as this one. The latest impressions though, from folks who have seen it with more post work done, is generally positive. Sadly though, you might not get to find out one way or the other.
Korean home theater fanatics get one hell of a set next month, courtesy of LG. For around the equivalent of $22,000, they'll be able to get equipped with an 84" LCD with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160. Assuming you've got a 4K source, that's one impressive set.