Dolby Atmos vs. Dolby Vision: What’s the Difference?

In our Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, we can begin to see what sets them apart. Let’s take a closer look at their key differences, explain their respective histories and, see their pros and cons.

Dolby Atmos

Developer: Dolby Laboratories First Introduced: 2012 Function: 3D surround sound Setup Requirements: 5.1-9.1 surround sound speaker setup with additional height channels Predecessor: Dolby Digital

Dolby Vision

Developer: Dolby Laboratories First Introduced: 2014 Function: HDR video Setup Requirements: Dolby Vision-enabled display technology Predecessor: None

Must-know Facts About Dolby

– Dolby Atmos allows for up to 128 sound objects and as many as 64 different speakers. – In 2014, Dolby Vision was the first HDR format to hit the consumer market.

Pros and Cons: Dolby Atmos 

Pros: Adds a new dimension to surround sound by incorporating height channels Cons: A sound source must be Dolby Atmos enabled to enjoy it

Pros and Cons: Dolby Vision

Pros: Future-proof, allowing for up to 8K displays and a brightness of 10,000 nits Cons: Not all televisions or other consumer tech can support Dolby Vision

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