Question for the home theater audio experts here

IRON MAN

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I LOVE my LG 700 Soundbar + 700 Sub + 700 Wireless Surround Speakers. It looks the nicest with the glass top and all aluminum bodies and have never had a single problem.

my question: I want the new Apple iPad Max overear headphones in blue bc every review raves about the surround sound while watching movies even stating it approximates Dolby Atmos (as mush as could expected from speakers). Not buying these for music.

My concern:
I haven’t seen compatibility listed for my LG or Sony OLEDS or even my Samsung QLED Q90 or my older Samsung SUHD JS9500 which I use for 3D. Doesn’t mention compatibility with my Bose 700 system, SONOS or Yamahama Soundbar set-up.

Am I going to shell out $550 for headphones that won’t work with ANY of my home cinema?

Jeremy

What you’re referring to is Spatial Audio, which indeed is as if a theater-like sound surrounds you.


The AirPods Max should be able to connect to any Bluetooth enabled audio device. However, doing so, you lose some extra features, like Siri and the aforementioned Spatial Audio, as that feature only works with iOS devices i.e. iPhone and iPad (see the link above).
 

Savage Clown

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@Shaggy78 As @IRON MAN stated you would lose fidelity over Bluetooth and the reason is because audio over Bluetooth is heavily compressed. In audio devices, the key difference in Bluetooth implementation involves which audio codec they use. A codec (short for “compression/decompression”) is a complex algorithm that processes audio data to make it smaller so it’s easier to send over the Internet or wirelessly from your phone to your headphones. You’ve probably heard of some popular codecs used today, including SBC, AAC, aptX, and MP3. Using a codec is necessary because the less data Bluetooth needs to transmit, the more reliable the connection is—and the less likely your headphones are to lose the signal.

Dolby Atmos is a lossless audio format and no set of headphones that I'm aware of can reproduce that. Even simulated surround doesn't compare to the sheer vastness of Dolby Atmos, even DTS:X can't compare to it and it was created as a direct competitor to Dolby Atmos. If you look at most UHD movies produced now, they most likely support Dolby Atmos and only a fraction support DTS:X. You have to experience the effect of Dolby Atmos all around you not channeled through a set of headphone...it just ain't gonna happen. I would save your money tbph.
 

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I finally got the whole Sonos setup.... Setup now. The bar and sub I received on Thursday and was supposed to get the two One SL surround speakers on Friday but then FedEx was being weird or something and sent me a delivery update scheduled for Saturday, well... when Saturday rolled around they sent me another update saying that it got pushed to Sunday. Today it updated saying it was on the truck for delivery but that it was being delivered Monday. I was like "what the hell is going on?". Well they did deliver it today afterall and finally got it all setup and it said it is capable of Dolby Atmos and I was just like well Ok, I mean what can you expect from a soundbar, sub and a pair of surrounds all wireless via WiFi. Let me tell you, unfrackin'believable!!! I have a complete Definitive Technology / Denon A/V receiver setup in the main room that set me back an easy $8K and Sonos did almost equivalent for $2K. WOW!!!! Let me tell you, if you can afford a Sonos surround setup...do it, you can thank me for it later. :D