Sky Q goes Dolby Atmos this summer, partners with Devialet for Sky Soundbox

posted on Thursday, 27th July 2017 by Steve May

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Sky has confirmed that it will offer Dolby Atmos audio this year. An Atmos software update will be rolled out later this summer. The first beneficiary of the 3D audio upgrade will be live Premier League football, where Dolby Atmos will partner UHD visuals. Dolby Atmos will most likely be delivered within a Dolby Digital + container. In-depth tech breifings have yet to be held on this.

Sky has also partnered with Devialet to create the Sky Soundbox (pictured above), an all-in-one TV sound system. Devialet is well known as an audio innovator, and has been lauded for its Phantom wireless speaker and DSP engineering. In a statement, Sky says: ‘Together the two companies are reimagining what consumers can expect from their home TV sound experience.’ 

The Soundbox packs in six 76mm woofers and three full-range 51mm drivers, angled to bounce sound off room walls. TThe result is a spatial surround sound effect, said to recreate the 'immersive audio experience' normally reserved for a full home cinema system. Total power output is rated at 140W. No subwoofer is required. Connections comprise HDMI loopthrough, and a digital optical audio input. The Soundbox also supports Bluetooth music streaming from compatible devices.

“Sound is a vital part of visual storytelling – whether you’re watching the season finale of your favourite drama, or an epic Premier League clash,” says Stephen van Rooyen, Sky Chief Executive Officer. “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.”

Quentin Sannié, Chief Executive of Devialet, adds: “Sound is the future of television. We are very proud to be partnering with Sky, to help them to unleash the full emotional impact of their content, through powerful, immersive, fully integrated sound. This first partnership illustrates our ability to pursue Devialet’s vision to enable revolutionary experiences through audio, and bring them to the widest number of people through partnerships with like-minded companies who are looking to challenge the status quo.”

When paired with the Sky Q STB, viewers will unlock Sky Q Sound, a DSP sound mode designed by Devialet to automatically refine the audio for a range of Sky’s entertainment and sports content. Metadata delivered by the Sky Q box tailors the Sky Soundbox’s audio settings.

The Sky Soundbox also offers dynamic volume management, to maximise dialogue clarity.  User modes include Dialogue Enhance, Late Night and Kids mode, which gives parents control over volume levels.

The Sky Soundbox will retail at £799, however current and new Sky customers will only pay £299, while new and existing Sky Q Multiscreen customers can get it for £249, which seems quite the steal. Customers can register their interest at Sky.com/SkySoundbox

Sky Soundbox Diagram

Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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