Tablets have always been pegged as one of the best devices for personal entertainment, but it’s surprising how many of these offer just ordinary levels of sound quality. The explanation usually stems from lack of adequate space to fit a speaker big enough to offer decent levels of sound. Now, surround sound pioneer Dolby has taken it upon themselves to set things right. The company states that listeners can experience the same immersive sound experience as in a Dolby Atmos theater, right on their tablets.
The technology was launched at Mobile World Congress last month, attributed to special algorithms that can be made to run either on a dedicated audio processor chip or an ARM processor. The idea is to trick the brain into believing its listening to 3D audio via their earphones when in reality they’re not. Atmos theaters practically allow the sound engineers to place the sound where they wish to, thus enabling the creation of an atmosphere where viewers can sample even the smallestt of sound details. Users will have the feeling of the sound coming at them from all sides from their headphones.
“Atmos revolutionizes the way sound is created, communicated, and how it is disseminated,” Joel Susal, Dolby Laboratories Product Manager for Mobile, said. “The artist is free to put the audio where it belongs.”
Dolby’s new Atmos sound technology will be compatible with most mobile devices based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 chip. While it’s not yet clear when Atmos sound technology will be available, it’s expected to be before the end of this year.