26 July 2017
Sky has now confirmed that it will offer Dolby Atmos audio to the users this year. The Atmos software update will be rolled out later this summer and the first benefactors of this 3D audio upgrade will be the Premier League football games, where Dolby Atmos will partner with UHD visuals and deliver great surround sound for an in-stadium experience.
Sky has also partnered with Devialet to create the Sky Soundbox, an all-in-one TV sound system. The company said, “Together the two companies are reimagining what consumers can expect from their home TV sound experience.” As for the specifications of the Sky Box, the device sports 76mm woofers with three full-range 51mm drivers specially angled to bounce sound off room walls. The total power output is 140W and no subwoofer is required further. The connectivity options include HDMI loop-through, digital optical audio input, and support for Bluetooth music streaming.
Sky CEO, Stephen van Rooyen, said,
Sound is a vital part of visual storytelling – whether you’re watching the season finale of your favorite drama, or an epic Premier League clash. That’s why we’ve partnered with audio industry leaders Devialet to launch Sky Soundbox and take the TV experience to the next level for our customers. Great TV deserves great audio – we believe Sky Soundbox is the Ultra HD of home audio.
When the Sky Soundbox is paired with Sky Q STB, viewers will be able to unlock the Sky Q Sound, a DSP sound mode designed by Devialet to automatically refine the audio range of entertainment and sports content. However, right now, it doesn’t support HDR (High Dynamic Range) and hopefully, the company will bring it with a later update. Sky has also mentioned an added feature called Autoplay on Credit, which probably relates to the STBs. The device will also have a capability to record six shows at once while watching the seventh one on a 2TB silver box, which seems pretty powerful!