Comparing DTS Neural X and Dolby Atmos

Norvan Martin

Surround sound technology has developed considerably since its debut, thanks to advances in digital signal processing and immersive audio formats like DTS Neural X and Dolby Atmos. Both technologies strive to offer immersive audio experiences but differ considerably in approach and implementation.

In this article, we will explore these differences to give an in-depth comparison between them and better understand which surround sound technology best meets our audio needs.

DTS Neutral X vs Dolby Atmos Comparison Table

CriteriaDTS Neural:XDolby Atmos
Object-Based vs. Channel-BasedChannel-BasedObject-Based
Speaker ConfigurationVaries, Aims for 3D without Height SpeakersMay Involve Height Channels
Content AvailabilityVariesVaries
Audio QualityHighHigh
Spatial PrecisionHighHigh
Upmixing CapabilitiesVariesVaries
System FlexibilityVariesVaries
Cost and LicensingVariesVaries

What Are Neural DTS And Dolby Atmos?

DTS (Digital Theater Systems) and Dolby Atmos are audio technologies used in both home theater systems and movie theaters to enhance audio experiences for audiences.

DTS Neural sound

Neural DTS, created by DTS Inc. uses lossless audio compression to deliver high-quality sound. It supports up to seven speakers plus a subwoofer and has gained recognition for its high audio fidelity, making it popular with movies and music recordings alike.

Dolby Atmos is an immersive audio format that takes surround sound a step further by adding height channels. Supported in up to 128 simultaneous objects and 64 speakers at once, sound placement and movement in three-dimensional spaces becomes possible using Dolby Atmos.

Dolby Atmos

This makes for for an incredible listening experience as sounds seems to come from everywhere – including overhead!

Overall, Neural DTS prioritizes providing high-quality audio while Dolby Atmos strives to offer more immersive and dynamic listening experiences.

For many of us, music and movies can transport us to another world and immerse us in another reality. Thanks to modern audio technologies like DTS Neural X and Dolby Atmos, we can now experience quality audio like never before. But how do these two audio technologies compare?

Sound Quality:

DTS Neural X and Dolby Atmos both deliver superb sound quality. DTS Neural X uses advanced algorithms to upscale any audio source to 7.1.4 or 9.1.4 immersive surround sound format; providing a more realistic listening experience and providing immersive listening experience.

Dolby Atmos on the other hand allows sound designers to place individual sound objects in 3D space allowing highly precise and accurate aural reproduction that immerses listeners in lifelike sound scaping experiences.

Expanded Sound:

One of the key distinctions between DTS Neural X and Dolby Atmos lies in their expanded sound formats. DTS Neural X uses algorithms to upscale any audio source into either 7.1.4 or 9.1.4 immersive surround sound formats – even if its original source material does not use this format itself!

Dolby Atmos relies on object-based audio which enables sound designers to place individual sound objects within three-dimensional space, producing highly accurate yet immersive soundscapes; but does require original source materials to be mixed using Dolby Atmos before producing immersive soundscapes!

Spatial Profile:

DTS Neural X and Dolby Atmos both boast good spatial profiles. DTS Neural X uses algorithms to increase sound quality and create an engaging listening experience, producing either 7.1.4 or 9.1.4 surround sound fields to immerse listeners in 3D space.

Dolby Atmos on the other hand allows sound designers to place individual sound objects directly within space allowing it to create highly precise and lifelike environments for its listeners.

Special Speaker Setup Requirements:

DTS Neural X and Dolby Atmos both require specific speaker setups in order to leverage all their benefits. DTS Neural X requires at least seven main speakers, one subwoofer speaker, four or two ceiling speakers as part of its 7.1.4 or 9.1.4 configuration.

On the other hand, Dolby Atmos requires five main speakers with subwoofer speakers plus two ceiling speakers as a minimum 5.1.2 setup.

Bit Rates:

Both DTS Neural X and Dolby Atmos support high bit rates, meaning they can deliver a superior audio experience. DTS Neural X supports up to 24-bit rates at sampling rates up to 192 kHz while Dolby Atmos allows up to 48 bit sampling at 384kHz sampling frequencies.


DTS Neural X and Dolby Atmos both represent excellent technological solutions when it comes to practicality. DTS Neural X can convert any audio source to 7.1.4 or 9.1.4 immersive surround sound formats, offering you an engaging listening experience even if its source material does not originally come packaged as surround sound material.

Dolby Atmos requires original source materials to be mixed using its format; thus it’s only possible for you to experience Dolby Atmos when content was specifically mixed for that format.

As Dolby Atmos becomes more widely supported among films, TV series, video games, and streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ it becomes more widely adopted as well.

Backward Compatibility:

DTS Neural X and Dolby Atmos both present advantages and disadvantages when it comes to backwards compatibility, yet each has unique qualities. DTS Neural X can work seamlessly with older formats like Dolby Digital and DTS. This means that even if your source material doesn’t already feature surround sound effects, DTS Neural X will upscale it and create an immersive listening experience.

Dolby Atmos does not allow this, meaning even if original source materials were mixed using Dolby Atmos you won’t experience its full benefits.

Streaming Services:

DTS Neural X and Dolby Atmos are widely supported across major streaming services; DTS Neural X can be found on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Vudu. Dolby Atmos supports Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and Apple TV+ – though please keep in mind not all content may be accessible via these formats.

Open Source or Proprietary:

DTS Neural X and Dolby Atmos are proprietary technologies owned and controlled by their respective companies and cannot be modified or used without express written authorization from these parties. There are currently no open-source alternatives for either solution.


Both DTS Neural X and Dolby Atmos provide immersive audio experiences. While both may share similarities, each also boasts some distinct aspects. DTS Neural X uses neural networks to produce three-dimensional soundfields from stereo sources for immersive listening experiences, while Dolby Atmos employs object-based audio which produces more realistic and precise soundstage environments.

At its core, selecting one of these technologies ultimately comes down to personal choice and use case. Movie buffs may favor Dolby Atmos while music enthusiasts might prefer DTS Neural X as their audio solution of choice. Therefore it is recommended that both solutions should be tried out prior to making an informed decision based on personal experience.

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Norvan Martin is the founder of He is a professional Electronics Engineer and is passionate about home theater systems and AV electronics. BoomSpeaker was created as an online hub to share his knowledge and experiences as it relates to home theaters and home audio electronics. My email: [email protected]  Connect on Pinterest and Linkedin