DTS:X Arrives on Disney+, 'Queen Rock Montreal' and MCU

DTS:X Arrives on Disney+, 'Queen Rock Montreal' and MCU

Disney+ has revolutionized the at-home movie experience with the introduction of DTS:X audio. This immersive format offers a significant upgrade from traditional surround sound, delivering a more captivating and realistic soundscape.

This article will provide a technical exploration of the following:

  • DTS:X on Disney+: In-depth look at its debut, compatible devices, and the expanding catalog of titles.
  • DTS:X vs. Dolby Atmos: Comparing the two leading spatial audio formats, helping you identify their key differences.
  • IMAX Enhanced Explained: A deep dive into the technology, its benefits for picture and sound, and how to optimize your setup.

DTS:X: Disney+ Embraces a New Era in Sound

Disney+ has become the first major streaming platform to integrate DTS:X, ushering in a new era of immersive audio. The format initially debuted with the iconic 'Queen Rock Montreal' concert film. This is joined by an impressive lineup of 18 Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) titles, including:

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Black Panther
  • Blank Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Black Widow
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Captain Marvel
  • Doctor Strange
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  • Eternals
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol. 2)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol. 3)
  • The Marvels
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Thor: Love & Thunder

Understanding DTS:X

DTS:X is an object-based audio format. Unlike traditional channel-based surround sound, where sounds are locked to specific speakers, DTS:X gives sound engineers greater flexibility. Here's how it works:

  • Objects: Instead of fixed channels, sound elements are treated as individual objects.
  • Placement: These objects can be precisely positioned anywhere in a 3D sound field—around you, above you, even behind you.
  • Adaptability: This format scales seamlessly across various speaker setups, providing the best possible experience regardless of your system.

DTS:X on Disney+: What You Need

To enjoy DTS:X on Disney+, you'll need the following:

  1. IMAX Enhanced Certified Device: Check for Android/Google TV devices from Sony, Hisense, Sharp, Xiaomi, and others. Alternatively, a certified AV receiver from Denon, Marantz, JBL, etc., will do the trick.
  2. IMAX Enhanced Content: Look for titles with the IMAX Enhanced badge. The growing list includes Marvel movies and select concert films.
  3. DTS:X Compatible Sound System: Many home theater systems already support DTS:X. Look for it in the specs of your soundbar or AV receiver.

DTS:X vs. Dolby Atmos: The Showdown

Both DTS:X and Dolby Atmos elevate surround sound to a new level. Here's a breakdown of their similarities and key differences:


  • Object-based audio
  • Immersive 3D sound fields
  • Overhead sound support
  • Home theater and streaming availability


  • Technical Specs: DTS:X supports higher bitrates, potentially offering slightly higher audio fidelity at its maximum quality.
  • Streaming Prevalence: Dolby Atmos has a wider footprint across streaming services.
  • Sound Philosophy: DTS:X often aims for a more impactful, explosive sound, while Dolby Atmos can prioritize subtlety and a smoother mix.

Which Is Better?

Ultimately, the choice is subjective. Both formats offer excellent experiences. If available, try both and see what you prefer with your content.

IMAX Enhanced: Picture and Sound Perfection

IMAX Enhanced ties together the best of picture and sound technologies for a cinema-grade home experience. Here's a look at its features:

  • IMAX Expanded Aspect Ratio: Select scenes open up to a taller 1.90:1 aspect ratio, revealing more of the picture and reducing black bars.
  • IMAX Enhanced Sound (Powered by DTS): Enjoy the full immersive capability of the DTS:X format.
  • IMAX Certified Devices: TVs, soundbars, and receivers meeting specific performance metrics ensure you get the optimal experience.


Conclusion: The Immersive Future of Home Entertainment

The arrival of DTS:X on Disney+ is a milestone in home entertainment. Movie lovers and audio enthusiasts now have access to a premium sound experience that rivals the magic of the cinema. Whether you're a diehard MCU fan or simply appreciate a great sonic experience, DTS:X elevates your content to new heights.

The competition between DTS:X and Dolby Atmos fuels innovation and promises ever-improving audio quality for streaming. And with IMAX Enhanced technology optimizing both picture and sound, the future looks (and sounds) brighter than ever for home viewers seeking that special theatrical experience.

As more titles and compatible devices appear, it's an exciting time to be a movie buff. Buckle up and enjoy the ride as immersive audio technology transforms how we experience movies at home!