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Dipole and Atmos Speakers

Home cinema 5.1 speaker packages usually feature 5.1 channels, consisting of 2 fronts, 1 centre, 2 rears and subwoofer (which is counted as the "0.1"), with 7.1 packages featuring an extra pair of side-rear speakers. In most of these packages, the rear speakers either match the front speakers, or are a smaller version of the front speaker model and are usually either bookshelf speakers or satellite speakers. Dipole speakers are an alternative rear speaker choice designed to offer a better dispersal of sound (which is very effective for rear channel effects). Dolby Atmos speakers are designed to be used as additional rear speakers to direct sound upward and create the effect of height of sound on the movie soundtrack. If you need assistance putting together the perfect home cinema sound solution, please call or e-mail us for advice.

Dipole speakers are specially designed rear speakers that feature two sets of drivers on either side of the cabinet and are designed specifically to direct sound in both directions at the rear. This is effective as rear channel information is often "effects" type sounds on a movie soundtrack, so the wide dispersal of sound a dipole speaker offers is particularly effective for this channel over the more directional bookshelf type speakers.

This section also includes Atmos speakers. These are designed to work in conjunction with your standard rear speakers to direct sound upward at the rear (and effectively the sound goes up and over you) which again, is particularly effective for rear channel effects, but in this case works to create the effect of height on the movie soundtrack. Please note, you will need an AV receiver that supports Dolby Atmos soundtracks in order to use Atmos speakers.

Whatever speakers you choose for the rears though, as always with a good home cinema speaker system, we recommend matching the brand and type of speakers used in conjunction with each other to get the same tonal qualities which results in better cohesion between speakers.

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