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#405726 - 06/23/14 08:56 PM Dolby Atmos: Will it get traction??
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Anyone here excited about consumer Dolby Atmos. All the major brands are announcing it now , with more to be disclosed at CES. I for one am in the wait and see mode, it seems to be geared toward the dedicated room crowd though I doubt anyone who has a done theater wants to start ripping it apart to add more speakers. How bout you Nick, any interest??


Could be a new opportunity for Andrew to design some on ceiling atmos speakers . HMMMMMM


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#405729 - 06/23/14 11:55 PM Re: Dolby Atmos: Will it get traction?? [Re: Socketman]
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How did you know that I would jump in here????

I think that it could be cool, but to get the effect right, I would think that you would need some pretty decent height to your ceiling.

Plus it isn't a "game changer" in audio considering how much you would need to spend to get it to a distinctly higher level.

I mean 7.1 was out for a long time before it became "the" thing to do and media started having discrete 7.1 audio, since then we have 9.1, 11.1, etc and there is no media for it. All just "matrixed" type of technology brought up to the 21st century. Until you get more discrete channels on media, I don't see it as being anything more than taking a second set of rear surround and a second set of side surrounds and putting them on the ceiling.
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#405730 - 06/24/14 01:36 AM Re: Dolby Atmos: Will it get traction?? [Re: Socketman]
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Not for me.

Perhaps in a big theater it would work but for me 5.2 is all that I can take in my room...

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#405734 - 06/24/14 09:18 AM Re: Dolby Atmos: Will it get traction?? [Re: Socketman]
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I used to say that I had a 7.2 setup, but really it is still a 7.1 setup with 2 subwoofers. I had that beat into my head one day over at AVS.
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#405735 - 06/24/14 10:20 AM Re: Dolby Atmos: Will it get traction?? [Re: Socketman]
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I kinda feel like dolby and the receiver manufacturers are grasping for new bells and whistles to move more AVR's. Most movies just don't have much surround material to begin with.
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#405737 - 06/24/14 10:35 AM Re: Dolby Atmos: Will it get traction?? [Re: Socketman]
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I'm looking forward to object based layouts and having the ability to add at will. Hopefully there will be plenty of channels. I'd sacrifice the amp section for a dozen (more would be good) assignable outputs.
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#405739 - 06/24/14 11:13 AM Re: Dolby Atmos: Will it get traction?? [Re: Socketman]
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I actually started reading more into the Dolby Atmos for home use stuff. They state that ideally you would add speakers to your ceiling, but if you can't, you can get (like Pioneer announced) Dolby Atmos speakers that replace some of your speakers and have a built in "module" on the top of the speaker. You can also get an add-on module for your speakers and "using some magic" (basically bouncing sound off of your ceiling and playing with reflection points) you get the "same" effect.

Well, for people with acoustically treated rooms, their ceiling might have absorption on the ceiling and thus it would cancel the effect. If the effect it projected from above the rear channel speakers, then this might work better since most treated ceilings are absorbing front channel reflections. I guess we will find out more tomorrow when Pioneer shows off their new Dolby Atmos receivers and speakers tomorrow at the 2014 CE Week Show in New York.
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#405744 - 06/24/14 01:00 PM Re: Dolby Atmos: Will it get traction?? [Re: brwsaw]
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Originally Posted By: brwsaw
I'm looking forward to object based layouts and having the ability to add at will. Hopefully there will be plenty of channels. I'd sacrifice the amp section for a dozen (more would be good) assignable outputs.


So far from what I understand <<Disclaimer smile like nick said, ceiling speakers added to existing 5.1 or 7.1, max 11 channels ... 7.1.2 or 7.1.4 ,5.1.2 ,5.1.4

I hope our local store sets up a system we can hear. We have only one audio store in town. Its that or wait for Nick or BR to get it done and give us feedback.
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#405745 - 06/24/14 01:27 PM Re: Dolby Atmos: Will it get traction?? [Re: Socketman]
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When I purchased my Denon AVR-891, it was listed at Best Buy as a 7.2 unit as it has 2 SW out jacks - info here:

http://www.dollarbasher.com/electricals/...29358.html/?amp

I realize that they are probably paralleled inside the unit but I don't need a Y-cord to hook up my 2 subs.

I also have a true 2.2 system - 2 completely separate channels - in one of my audio only systems. I drive each of my L & R M2s/EP400s using the EP400 High Level Speaker Inputs from my tube amp.

True stereo = audio bliss...

TAM

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#405759 - 06/25/14 12:14 AM Re: Dolby Atmos: Will it get traction?? [Re: Socketman]
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TAM I was just giving you a hard time. My Onkyo is advertised as a 7.2 system too since it has 2 sub outs. However, the nomenclature for the numerical #.# is based off of descrete channels encoded on to media. Since everything is encoded with only one subwoofer channel, it is "officially" #.1 no matter the number of subs or what is stamped on your receiver.

With that said, I still tell people who aren't in the home theater world that I have a 7.2 system. wink

I mentioned something to my wife today about Dolby Atmos for the home theater and she rolled her eyes and said "no" and moved on to a different topic of conversation.
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