Up-and-coming audio codecs such as Dolby Atmos® *, DTS: X®, and Auro3D® bring surround sound to a new height by adding a height dimension to a single sound level created around the listener. Increase. These innovative formats, also known as “movie theatre surround sound,” with height-effect speakers, provide the most realistic and immersive home audio experience for movie, television, music, and gaming enthusiasts.
We use real-world volume and direction to determine if something is happening above and right, left and far from us, or directly above us. In audio systems, the same concept applies to height effect speakers. Object-based surround sound technology analyzes the amount of sound each speaker needs to accurately represent the location of objects in a room, providing the most realistic experience possible. At best, the result is the effect of turning your head to hide, and you are in the midst of the action.
Few speakers for home theatre are designed to be mounted on the ceiling to project music from above, so you may be wondering how height affects speaker performance. The overall strategy relies on a ceiling reflection system that sends sound from bottom to top and is reflected by the listener without error. The problem is that due to the shape of the room, the design of the ceiling, and many other factors, the result of the reflection on the roof is unexpected and therefore only works in ideal situations. In addition, ceiling reflections reduce the sound quality because the speaker’s frequency response must be affected by height.
On the other hand, ceiling speakers calm users to substandard sound options that require expensive professional in-home audio installation. Due to the lack of speaker housing, ceiling speakers lack the great dynamics and attention to detail needed for truly impressive sound quality. This compromise is unacceptable to anyone looking for an innovative home audio experience.
Ideally, the sound coming from above should be directed directly at the listener from the broadband speakers inside the housing. SVS engineers have devised an easy-to-install direct radiation height effect speaker for object-based surround sound with this philosophy in mind. Prime Elevation hangs high on the wall and radiates sound directly into the listening area without compromising unpredictable ceiling reflections or sound quality. Optimized angled front baffles, sophisticated acoustics, and area-wide dynamics make it the most effective and optimal speaker solution for height effects. The result is more head-spinning, more coverage, and a stronger sense of immersion in the action.
For more information on setting up and deploying height effects speakers, see our blog post on Dolby Atmos.