Dolby Laboratories has announced a new feature that aims to simplify and enhance the home theater audio experience. Dolby Atmos FlexConnect allows users to pair their TV’s sound system with wireless speakers of any brand and enjoy immersive Dolby Atmos sound in any room layout.
What is Dolby Atmos FlexConnect?
Dolby Atmos FlexConnect is a feature that enables TVs to intelligently optimize the sound output among the TV’s speakers and accessory wireless speakers. It adapts to the device types, locations, and capabilities of each speaker and delivers a Dolby Atmos sound experience tailored to the user’s home.
Dolby Atmos is a technology that creates a three-dimensional sound field by using multiple speakers to place sounds above, around, and behind the listener. It can create realistic and immersive effects such as raindrops falling from the ceiling, helicopters flying overhead, or explosions shaking the floor.
How does Dolby Atmos FlexConnect work?
Dolby Atmos FlexConnect works by using microphones in the TV to locate each wireless speaker in the room and calibrate the system automatically. The TV then analyzes the data and adjusts the rendering of each speaker to ensure optimal audio performance.
For example, if a user places two wireless speakers in the back of the room, Dolby Atmos FlexConnect will put more of the audio load onto the TV speakers so that they cover the front soundstage and the dialogue. But if the wireless speakers are in the front of the room, the TV speakers will focus on dialogue.
Another example is how Dolby Atmos FlexConnect can handle low frequencies, which many TVs struggle with. If there is a more capable speaker connected, the TV speakers can offload the bass to that speaker, which frees up power to allocate to other parts of the frequency spectrum. This can improve the clarity and intelligibility of the sound.
What are the benefits of Dolby Atmos FlexConnect?
Dolby Atmos FlexConnect offers several benefits for users who want to enjoy immersive sound at home without compromising on flexibility and simplicity. Some of these benefits are:
- Freedom: Users can place one or more wireless speakers anywhere in the room without having to worry about whether they are placed perfectly. They can also move them around as they wish.
- Compatibility: Users can use any brand of wireless speakers that support Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity. They do not need to buy specific speakers that match their TV brand or model.
- Simplicity: Users do not need to manually configure or calibrate their speakers. The TV does all the work for them using acoustic mapping and intelligent optimization.
- Quality: Users can experience a great immersive Dolby Atmos sound experience that is customized for their room and speaker setup. They can hear sounds from all directions and feel more immersed in their content.
When will Dolby Atmos FlexConnect be available?
Dolby announced that TCL will be the first to implement Dolby Atmos FlexConnect in its 2024 TV lineup. TCL will also launch a line of accessory wireless speakers designed to complement its upcoming TVs with Dolby Atmos FlexConnect.
Dolby did not reveal whether other TV brands or models will support Dolby Atmos FlexConnect in the future, but it is possible that it will expand to other devices as well.