Damson S-Series makes Dolby Atmos wireless: Hands-on

Home cinema fans want Dolby Atmos, but they generally don’t want a room full of speakers and cables: enter Damson’s confusingly small, wireless Atmos surround sound system. The British company has cooked up the first wireless modular home cinema system to support Atmos sound, promising ridiculously easy setup and performance that punches above its scale. I picked up some popcorn to find out if that could be true.

The S-Series supports Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and – most importantly – Dolby Atmos. That, if you’ve not been keeping up to date with your surround sound standards, is the audio company’s latest iteration for both theaters and home cinema rooms. Rather than just positioning elements from the soundtrack around the viewer, it includes overhead audio: you can, for instance, hear helicopters buzzing overhead. In movie theaters it requires speakers built into the ceiling, but Damson is using directional technology to bounce the audio off the ceiling instead.

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