CES 2021: Panasonic and Klipsch team up to support in-car Dolby Atmos Music

CES 2021: Panasonic and Klipsch team up to offer in-car Dolby Atmos Music
(Image credit: Panasonic/Klipsch)

Dolby Atmos Music is coming to the car. At CES 2021, Panasonic and Klipsch have joined forces to show off a proof-of-concept in-car system capable of playing Dolby's immersive audio format.

The in-car system is made by Panasonic, in collaboration with Klipsch and Dolby. As it's just a proof-of-concept for now, there's no consumer product as such – not yet, at least. According to Panasonic, though, the result is "an impressive listening experience that features an immersive soundscape for the automotive cabin."

As well it should. Dolby Atmos Music is 360 surround sound technology for, you guessed it, music. By adding height and being able to position sound in 360 degrees around the listener, it adds a completely new angle to your listening experience, similar to Sony's 360 Reality Audio.

Sadly, there's no word on which cars or systems will get the tech, but hopefully, it's only a matter of time before we get to experience it...


Find out Dolby Atmos Music: everything you need to know

And Sony 360 Reality Audio: everything you need to know

Return of the Mac: McIntosh's first in-car audio system in two decades is a Jeep

What Hi-Fi?

What Hi-Fi?, founded in 1976, is the world's leading independent guide to buying and owning hi-fi and home entertainment products. Our comprehensive tests help you buy the very best for your money, with our advice sections giving you step-by-step information on how to get even more from your music and movies. Everything is tested by our dedicated team of in-house reviewers in our custom-built test rooms in London, Reading and Bath. Our coveted five-star rating and Awards are recognised all over the world as the ultimate seal of approval, so you can buy with absolute confidence.

Read more about how we test