Onkyo and Pioneer have released an update for some of their AV Receivers which includes ‘virtual’ Dolby Atmos surround sound without the need for additional height speakers in their set-up. The firmware update allows you to get Dolby Atmos ‘height virtualizer’ functionality on some of their AV Receivers.
Virtual Dolby Atmos effect creates a virtual height and surround effects from traditional speaker layouts. The companies claim owners can “enjoy Dolby Atmos without height or Atmos-enabled speakers in systems with more than two channels”.
You also get IMAX Enhanced functionality on their receivers. This enables users to enjoy the full dynamic range of IMAX sound in the home and enhanced 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) images when the receiver is connected to a suitable TV.
IMAX Enhanced versions of films are due for 4K HDR streaming and Ultra HD Blu-ray release.
Models that will get this firmware update are: Pioneer VSX-LX504, Pioneer VSX-L304, Onkyo TX-RZ840 and Onkyo TX-RZ740.
The firmware update can be downloaded and installed directly on Internet connected models, or downloaded to a USB stick from the Pioneer or Onkyo websites and installed via the receiver’s USB input.