Home Theater Forum had the opportunity to visit Dolby Laboratories and see some of their latest innovations including Atmos, Advanced 96, a prototype glasses free 3D display and their Reference Monitor. I was impressed at how they accommodated our group. There was plenty of time for hands on demos and questions.
Dolby TrueHD with Advanced 96 Upsampling
Craig Eggers, Director, Content Creation and Playback, Home Theater Ecosystem talked about how they are improving the audio quality for Blu-ray releases using Advanced 96 Upsampling. While the effect of Advanced 96 can be subtle depending on the material, I am pleased that Dolby is continuing to find ways to improve the experience in the home in a way that doesn’t cost me as a consumer any extra and can use my existing gear. HTF previously covered how Advanced 96 Upsampling works and some of the demos we have had here:
- Dolby TrueHD with Advanced 96k Upsampling: First Impressions
- Dolby TrueHD Elevates the Quality of Lossless Audio on Blu-ray
Stuart Bowling, Sr. Worldwide Technical Marketing Manager walked us through the new Dolby Atmos theatrical surround system. Atmos has amazing potential. So far I have only heard demo clips as there are no Atmos equipped theaters in my area. Hopefully that will change in 2013 as Dolby is aggressively rolling it out in theaters and several upcoming films. HTF previously covered Atmos in-depth here
Glasses Free 3D
Roland Vialcu, Sr. Director Broadcast Imaging showed us their prototype glasses free 3D display. It was pretty impressive. Is it perfect? No, but the potential is definitely there. They showed clips of Titanic and Hugo as well as other demo material. With this prototype they weren’t really able to have things “pop-out” as that would reduce the viewing angle, but there was a remarkable amount of depth to the picture. Some of the first impressions of attendees who saw it are here
Dolby Reference Monitor
The Dolby Reference Monitor is just that. A reference monitor that can be used in the editing/authoring chain to accurately show filmmakers what their film looks like. Bill Admans showed us several clips that showed off what the display was really capable of. We had several calibrators in our group who were incredibly impressed with the picture quality, one ISF/THX certified calibrator in attendance even commented to me that it was the best picture he had ever seen on a monitor, and he is very picky.
I really want to thank Josh Gershman and Craig Eggers and all the other executives and presenters from Dolby for reaching out to our members and attendees to show us the latest innovations they are working on. I look forward to additional Advanced 96 releases and having an Atmos theater in my neighborhood soon.