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How Does the Soundbar Handles
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD
and Dolby Atmos?
If your source devices are sending Dolby audio over in Dolby Digital Plus (DD+), Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Atmos format, Shockwafe DTS:X series soundbars will de-code using the base layer of Dolby Digital 5.1ch via HDMI or optical.
It is a Dolby requirement for content device manufacturers to provide the base layer of these formats in Dolby Digital 5.1ch, to the receiving audio device (soundbar or AV receiver) via HDMI when more advanced Dolby codec is played.
DTS Neural:X will use the Dolby Digital base signal to upmix the signal into X.X channels based on pre-configured DTS channel mapping on Shockwafe DTS:X series soundbars (based on your DTS:X series model capability).
By employing this decoding method and utilizing DTS Neural:X to upmix Dolby Digital's core layer to 9.2 channels, Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 have managed to outperform Samsung, Sony and Creative Lab's Atmos soundbars in a three round blind listening audio tests at CES Las Vegas 2018.
Of the three blind listening rounds, two of them were actually Dolby Atmos content. See results below:
CES Listening Battle Highlight 2018:
Event cover by Marshall from Audioholics:
Click HERE to read the full event coverage of the Best High End Soundbar Listening Battle CES 2018
Click HERE to read the full coverage of The Best High End Soundbar Listening Battle with San Francisco Audiophile Society: