How To Set Up Spatial Sound With Dolby Atmos On Windows 10 &Bull; Pureinfotech

Windows 10’s Creators Update added support for Dolby Atmos positional sound. This includes two things: Support for Dolby Atmos hardware và virtual Dolby Atmos sound that works in any pair of headphones.

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The Dolby Atmos for headphones feature is a bit weird. It appears in the standard Windows control panel as an option, but it requires a không tính phí trial or $14.99 purchase via the Windows Store before you can actually use it.


What Is Dolby Atmos?

Traditional 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound uses 5 or 7 speaker channels, plus a subwoofer. When you watch a movie or play a game with surround sound, that movie or game is actually sending 6 or 8 separate channels of sound khổng lồ your speakers.

Dolby Atmos is an improved type of surround sound. It isn’t mixed inkhổng lồ several separate channels; instead, sounds are mapped to virtual locations in 3 chiều space, & that spatial data is sent lớn your speaker system. A Dolby Atmos-enabled receiver then uses specially calibrated speakers to lớn position these sounds. Dolby Atmos systems may include ceiling-mounted speakers above sầu you or speakers on the floor that bounce their sound off the ceiling, for example.

This feature requires Dolby Atmos-enabled hardware, notably a Dolby Atmos-enabled receiver. Microsoft also just added Dolby Atmos tư vấn to the Xbox One, và many Blu-ray discs include Dolby Atmos audio.

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Windows 10’s Creators Update also added a separate feature named “Dolby Atmos for headphones”. This feature promises improved positional audio in any pair of headphones or earbuds. You don’t need special Dolby Atmos headphones. It’s a type of virtual surround sound built inkhổng lồ Windows.


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Really, this is a completely different feature that’s only linked by Dolby’s branding. True Dolby Atmos requires a hardware receiver & special speaker setup, while Dolby Atmos for headphones is a digital signal processor (DSP) that takes surround sound from your PC và mixes it khổng lồ offer an improved positional sound experience in headphones.

Some games have already added tư vấn for Dolby Atmos for headphones. For example, Blizzard’s Overwatch includes built-in Dolby Atmos tư vấn, & it works even if you’re not running Windows 10’s Creators Update. You can enable this feature from Options > Sound > Dolby Atmos for Headphones in Overwatch. Blizzard argues that Atmos offers an improved experience that allows you to more easily pinpoint where sounds are coming from in the game.

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How to lớn Enable Dolby Atmos on Windows 10

To start using this feature, download the Dolby Access app from the Windows Store and launch it.

The app will guide you through setting this up. If you have sầu Dolby Atmos receiver you want khổng lồ use with your PC, select “With my home theater”. If you want to lớn use any pair of headphones, select “With my headphones”.

If you select a home theater PC, you’ll be given a liên kết to lớn enable the “Dolby Atmos for home page theater” option in the Windows Sound settings control panel. After you vì chưng, the app will prompt you to calibrate your system. There’s no additional purchase necessary for the home theater option—you just need the hardware.

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If you select headphones, you’ll be prompted to lớn confirm your PC’s sound hardware supports the Windows 10 spatial audio platsize for headphones. Modern PCs should have sầu sound drivers that support this feature, but you may be out of luck if you have a much older PC you’ve sầu upgraded to lớn Windows 10.

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The Dolby Atmos for headphones feature isn’t không lấy phí. While Microsoft integrated it inlớn Windows, Microsoft clearly didn’t pay the licensing fees to allow any Windows user to lớn use it.

You can still try Dolby Atmos for headphones for không tính phí, however. Clichồng the “30-day trial” button khổng lồ enable it.

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Once you’ve sầu enabled the không tính phí trial, you’ll be prompted to lớn enable Dolby Atmos for headphones. Click the “Configure PC settings” button và then select “Dolby Atmos for headphones” in the Spatial sound format box.

This option actually appears in the properties window for your audio device even if you don’t have the Dolby app installed. However, if you try to enable this feature without installing the tiện ích first, Windows will prompt you khổng lồ install the Dolby Access phầm mềm from the Windows Store first.

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How lớn Test Dolby Atmos

The Dolby Access ứng dụng will allow you lớn thử nghiệm Dolby Atmos by playing a variety of videos that tư vấn Dolby Atmos audio.


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While the videos are impressive sầu enough, you’ll want lớn actually test Dolby Atmos by playing some PC games or watching some surround sound-enabled videos before paying for it và see if you can notice an appreciable difference. Some people say they notice an improvement, while others don’t notice much of a difference. It likely depends on the games you’re playing videos you’re watching, too.

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When testing Dolby Atmos, be sure to lớn enable 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound in whatever game or application you use. The application will then produce surround sound, and Dolby Atmos will phối it to lớn stereo sound for your headset.

You’re không tính phí khổng lồ kiểm tra Dolby Atmos for 30 days, after which it will cost $14.99 khổng lồ buy Dolby Atmos for headphones support from the Windows Store.

How lớn Try Microsoft’s Free Alternative, Windows Sonic for Headphones

Windows 10’s Creators Update also offers a không lấy phí “Windows Sonic for Headphones” option you can enable instead of Dolby Atmos. Just right-clichồng the speaker inhỏ in your system tray, select “Playbaông xã Devices”, cliông xã your playbaông chồng device, and clichồng “Properties”. On the Spatial sound tab, select “Windows Sonic for Headphones”.

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You may want to lớn kiểm tra this feature lớn see how it compares khổng lồ Dolby Atmos for Headphones in your games & videos. We’ve sầu seen some people say it doesn’t work quite as well as the Dolby Atmos option in their experience, but we’ve sầu also seen some people say they don’t notice much of a difference.

When it comes lớn sound, everyone often has their own opinion. Audio unique can be very subjective.


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