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CES 2016: Dolby Atmos Comes To Philips Fidelio Soundbar

Another Dolby Atmos-equipped soundbar will come to market in the summer when Gibson Innovations ships a Philips-brand model.

Yamaha already offers a high-end Atmos-equipped soundbar, which also features DTS:X object-based surround decoding. And at CES, Samsung announced a model that’s packaged with wireless surround speakers.

Gibson said its Philips Fidelio soundbar delivers an Atmos 5.1.2 soundfield via Atmos decoder, up-firing drivers that reflect height-channel information off the ceiling, and proprietary Ambisound technology that uses DSP and extra drivers to “full 5.1 listener-level surround sound.” Dolby Upmixer creates height channels from soundtracks that lack Atmos.

The soundbar features 18 drivers, including two upward-firing speaker modules. Angled tweeters create a wide soundfield. Total output is 400 watts, including 8-inch 220-watt wireless subwoofer.

Other features include Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 decoding, dedicated center-channel speaker, two HDMI 1.4a inputs, HDMI audio return channel, and optical and coaxial inputs.

Pricing wasn’t announced.

Gibson Innovations, a part of Gibson Brands, markets Philips-brand audio products under license from Philips. It also offers Onkyo-brand headphones and wireless multiroom-audio speakers.