Dolby has toady announced Dolby Atmos FlexConnect. Not too dissimilar from what Samsung has been doing with Symphony sound for a few years now, Dolby Atmos FlexConnect will use your TV speaker along with wireless speakers that can be placed around the room to re-create a Dolby Atmos without a soundbar.
FlexConnect will then intelligently optimise the sound for any room and speaker layout, making sure that the audio is reaching all aspects of the room for a full Dolby Atmos experience.
TCL will be the first TV maker to use this technology releasing both a TV in its 2024 lineup that has Dolby Atmos FlexConnect as well as a line of wireless speakers that can pair with the TV.
The good news about this is obviously the fact that you won’t need to buy a soundbar, and can place the wireless speakers anywhere, with Dolby calibrating, but obviously the bad news is that you’ll need a new TV to take advantage of it, and it’ll be interesting to see if the likes of LG and Samsung adopt it with their own soundbar/TV syncing technology.
Elevate an already immersive Dolby Atmos experience – Dolby Atmos takes entertainment to the next level, immersing audiences in astonishing, multi-dimensional sound. With Dolby Atmos FlexConnect, consumers can unlock the ability to add accessory wireless speakers to their Dolby Atmos-enabled TV to elevate their system’s audio performance one step further.
Incredible audio with any speaker placement – Gain the flexibility to place speakers anywhere it’s convenient and make the best use of room dimensions, power outlet locations, and furniture arrangements as desired without compromising audio quality.
Simple setup –Setup is simple and fast, requiring no additional equipment or cables. Dolby acoustic mapping leverages microphones in the TV to locate each wireless speaker in the room, calibrating the system automatically to ensure optimal audio performance.
Dynamic audio balancing – Audio is intelligently spread from the TV speakers to each wireless speakers, dynamically optimizing the sound signal based on the capabilities and location of all available speakers. This allows the sound image to be adjusted to ensure listeners are always enjoying best-in-class performance.