The last scene from the final episode of Game of Thrones season 7 was paralyzing, to say the least. True, we should have expected the White Walkers’ attack; with an undead dragon by their side, there wasn’t any reason to delay the march upon the living. Still, the fall of the wall left us speechless. The visual spectacle was only enhanced by the haunting, threatening tune of Ramin Djawadi. Even so, it wasn’t as terrifying as it would have been if it played out from every corner of our living room, as DTS latest audio technology, Virtual:X, promises to do #audiomagic
DTS, a premium audio solutions provider, has come up with a technology meant to augment any sound experience right at home. If DTS:X analyzed and adjusted the sound for various speakers so it could match the mixer and create immersive sound, Virtual:X is taking things up a notch. It creates the illusion of listening to sound coming from height speakers without actually having ones. The technology is capable of exaggerating the way you perceive height in the room.
So, in films like Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.2 or Alien: Covenant, you would hear the ground shake below your feet, explosions happening on your sides and horrifying sounds of bombs dropping on the Engineers from above.
It’s a pity Game of Thrones doesn’t benefit from DTS technology. If it would, Virtual:X would enhance the finale of season 7; you would hear the large blocks of ice falling… from the ceiling of the room you’re in. The grunting of the frightened men would be heard from the TV, while the ambient sounds would envelope you, coming from above and around you. Later on, you’d hear the steps of a White Walker army on the snow loud and clear, while noticing the sound of the Night King’s dragon slashing the icy air.
It would be a mind-blowing experience, that’s for sure. So far, there’s only one speaker that supports the latest technology from DTS, and that’s the Yamaha YAS-207 soundbar. The slim sound bar launched this summer with a wireless, rectangular subwoofer. But, do not fear, lads – DTS intends to bring their technology to more audio products next year, including speakers and TVs. When that happens, users will jump at the opportunity of experiencing Virtual:X at home, hopefully nudging content creators to integrate DTS tech in their products.