Dolby Cinema Vs. XD: Which is Better?

Confused about whether to pick Dolby cinema or go to XD? Well, you are not the only one who has gotten confused. It is because there are no regular movie theaters anymore. We have got a bunch of luxurious options.

All of these options are not the same, some have the biggest screens and few have the most comfortable seats. Therefore, you always have to know your preferences to determine what is the most suitable option for you.

Since all these options are equally worthy, you would find a detailed comparison of the most compared movie theaters in a few coming posts. However, today I have decided to compare Dobly Cinema and XD and conclude what’s more superior option;

Dolby Cinema Vs. XD

The major difference between Dolby Cinema and XD lies in screen size, sound quality, and seating.

XD has larger screens, satisfactory sound, and seating. Whereas, Dolby has a standard screen but has clearer sound and the most comfortable spacious, high-powered seats.

Dolby is more popular, XD is popular in some areas where the branch is more maintained, and least preferred in the cities where branches are poorly maintained.

Now that you have read the major difference between the two options, let’s discuss these differences in a bit more in detail;

Screen size

Just like most of the other options, Dolby Cinema and XD also do not have the same screen size. If you ever get a chance to XD, there would be jaw-dropping size of screens.

Regular visitors often call the XD screens “oversized” and the XD authorities advertise them as “wall-to-wall” or “Floor-to-ceiling” screens. As per the legitimate claims, the XD screens are 70 feet.

Whereas, the Dolby Cinema is a bit behind in the race. The Dolby Cinema screens are not as big as the XD screens. However, the screens are not as small as well.

If you take Dolby Cinema’s screen measurements into account, it can be said they use a standard-sized screen to entertain visitors. If I’m supposed to be a bit more specific, the Dolby screens are usually 60-by-32 feet.

Sound Quality

The Sound Quality of these two most visited entertainment places is also not the same.

Out of the two options, Dolby is nearly unmatchable when it comes to sound. Almost all loyal Dolby fans and I agree that the sound at the Dolby Cinema is clearer than at the XD.

No one can deny that the Dolby cinema’s sound is so clear that it takes you deeper into the story.

On the other hand, XD does not have that bad sound quality as well. However, as compared to the Dolby Cinema, XD does not have a very impressive sound. Recently, a few branches of XD have upgraded the sound system.

A lot of improvement is noticed, which means that XD has identified that the sound system needs to be upgraded. While comparing Dolby Cinema with IMAX speaker quality of Dolby is better.

It is anticipated that in the future, XD would also be giving tough competition to Dolby cinema’s sound quality. However, it still has to happen.


Dolby might not have “oversized” screens. However, it has got supremely comfortable, spacious, high-powered, reserved recliners.

The supremely comfortable seating makes the movie experience worthwhile. When it comes to XD, you may or may not find the seats very comfortable.

It is sadly observed that some XD theaters are more maintained and luxurious than the other branches. Therefore, if you choose to visit any well-maintained XD branch, I bet you would not have any issues with the seating. However, if you land on a poorly maintained branch, the seats would not be as comfortable as in the Dolby Cinema.


It all depends on preference, if there are a lot of Dolby fans there are not any fewer XD fans as well.

The people who prefer better images choose XD. Whereas, people who love to watch movies in a comfortable environment can not prefer XD over Dolby Cinema. However, still, overall Dolby is more popular than XD.


Lastly, after being at these two places of entertainment all I have concluded is Dolby is more expensive. To be honest, it would be more appropriate to say that Dolby is expensive for many fair reasons.

XD is also not that cheap because its operating cost is not very much less than Dolby. However, as compared to Dolby, XD is slightly cheaper.


  • Will Nob

    Will Nob has extensive experience with Laser Projectors. His job was to assemble laptops and projectors for a famous company in the United States. Several of his articles and research papers have been published.

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