Klipsch speaker intros mark Dolby Atmos Year One
Klipsch marked the start of retail rollout of its Reference Premiere speakers with Dolby Atmos technology with full-on, knock-your-socks-off demonstrations at Dolby Laboratories’ New York City offices last week, with Dolby executives providing a summation of the extent of Dolby Atmos’s global reach since the first titles were made available a year ago.
Brett Crockett, senior director of sound technology research for Dolby, said that, to date, 300-plus titles have been released for cinema with Dolby Atmos soundtracks, and that Atmos cinema screens (either installed or soon to be installed) will soon exceed 1,200. As far as home releases, there are more than 40 Blu-ray titles released to date worldwide, he said, and noted the support of majors such as Sony, which has announced three classics in Dolby Atmos and 4K for release in October in its Supreme Cinema Series: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Léon: the Professional and The Fifth Element. He also noted that the first TV series is earmarked for Blu-ray release: HBO’s Game of Thrones, remixed for Dolby Atmos. Seasons 1 and 2 are due in November, and 3 and 4, in Spring 2016.
Atmos is also beginning to gain a foothold in the gaming arena, Crockett said, noting that Spring 2016 will see the debut of Electronic Arts’ PC version of Star Wars: Battlefront.
“In hardware, there are 31 new SKUs, with one AV receiver so far available for $479,” he said to drive home just how accessible the consumer entry price-point to the technology is.
Fifteen consumer audio component and speaker brands to date market product supporting Dolby Atmos. Besides Klipsch, they are Denon, Marantz, Integra, Onkyo, Pioneer, Trinnov, Steinway Lyngdorf, Datasat, Yamaha, Definitive Technology, Atlantic Technology, Triad, KEF and ELAC, according to Joshua Gershman, Dolby’s PR director.