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Dolby Atmos worth it ?


I have sound blaster z and I want to ask is it worth it to also buy Dolby Atmos from Microsoft store ?
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No. Unless you have Dolby Atmos hardware.

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No. Unless you have Dolby Atmos hardware.

uh no.

If you have a Dolby Atmos hardware decoder, you don't use the Windows 10 Software implementation of Atmos. Pretty sure it even auto-disables when it detects passthrough TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus to a Hardware decoder.

To answer the OPs question, you need to try and see if it fits you. Many people do like, and even prefer it over other virtual surround solutions. Especially the Handfull of Games that have Atmos support work damn well. I like it. For movies, it really depends on the content, though. Hard to pin it down really but some stuff just doesn't sound "right" and I prefer other solutions. Either it feels comfortable or not.

There is a free trial (which is bound to MS Accounts, which you can btw add or replace however you want in the MS Store settings )
So nothing to lose. I ended up buying it, IMO it is worth it. Its different than any other HRIRs currently as it's the only one that actually manages to virtualize different heights.

For immersion it's great - it puts you "in there" instead of emulating some surround speaker setup.

But keep in mind that it only does something for 5.1+ content. Don't bother upmixing stereo for soft Atmos, its not worth it. The free HeSuVi has better solutions for this purpose.

In short: currently it is often the best soft virtualizer you can get, but it's still not "the perfect all-around solution".
Personal taste.

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Thanks. Dolby access want me to connect my speakers through hdmi , my speakers are ordinary 5.1 analog.

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If u connect through HDMI you will get HQ digital sound vs analog, and you will not be using your sound blaster z at all. You really only use sound cards for analog. HDMI is technically superior but it can be a pain to setup and use with a PC. I've encountered some glitches that made me go back to analog after trying HDMI.

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