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Topic # 160320 2-Jan-2015 14:55
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Anyone here got a Dolby Atmos setup at home?  Any comments on how well it works ?

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  Reply # 1207203 2-Jan-2015 16:16
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Apparantly the firmware update to my onkyo reciever adds it, but I only use it as a 2.1 system so cant comment on how well it works. I dont see any new menu options etc for it and it would moving it to my other HT system to try it out so havent bothered yet.

What source material supports it?




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  Reply # 1207216 2-Jan-2015 16:59
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an acquaintance bought the onkyo avr/speaker package from jb hi-fi.

cheap 'n cheerful.

reasonable sound, handicapped by the speakers.

mind you we had limited atmos material to listen to, just the transformers bd (3? 4? 5? - the one with marky walberg).

early impressions are it's a gimmick in your average sized room.

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  Reply # 1207298 2-Jan-2015 20:13
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I have a mate who listened to it at a tech show in the US and said the demos were amazing.
However, you need to ensure you have a room that's suitable, decent material... and to be aware that budget 5.1 systems that have incorporated ATMOS speakers will be compromised somewhat. Hitting a price-point it tough to begin with, introducing more drivers etc makes it even trickier.

Would I incorporate ceiling mounted ATMOS speakers in a new home theatre build if it suited the room? Yup, because, if the budget suits, why not.
But I'd put more money into subwoofers first.

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  Reply # 1207313 2-Jan-2015 21:12
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As far as I know the only movie with an Atmos track as of time of writing is Transformers. It'll have to be on repeat for now 

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  Reply # 1207316 2-Jan-2015 21:26
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You can DL Dolby Atmos demo tracks, as well as 7.1, 5.1, DTS, THX demos, and they can be an impressive way to test or show of your kit. 




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  Reply # 1207326 2-Jan-2015 21:58
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I have a 9.2 ch dolby atmos receiver (can do 11.2 with pre/outs), but I only run 5.0 speakers :p  Haven't got atmos source material to listen to.




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  Reply # 1207329 2-Jan-2015 22:11
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Search Isohunt.to for dolby atmos demo.




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  Reply # 1207332 2-Jan-2015 22:19
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This site has lots of audio trailers:

http://www.demo-world.eu/

There's not much point in playing atmos trailers unless you have the height speakers.




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  Reply # 1207355 2-Jan-2015 22:32
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Atmos is designed for unlimited audio track / speaker locations.

So like Dunnersfella said you really need the room setup, 9.1 minimum and most people have their speakers setup too close to each other already, you'll need descent separation to make it work and worth the cost.

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  Reply # 1207782 3-Jan-2015 19:17
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With four titles on the market, it's not exactly going to take off until the content is available.
However, over 200 ATMOS movies have been shown in cinemas - so the content may well start flowing.
I don't know of any demo rooms in Hifi stores that have ATMOS speakers - has anyone seen them in their town?

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  Reply # 1207785 3-Jan-2015 19:26
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When I redo the lounge I will probably stick in the speakers in anycase. Worst case they come out again and get repurposed somewhere else. But TBH I just find surround sound distracting in most movies which is why I just have the mains and a sub.




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  Reply # 1212867 12-Jan-2015 23:52
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I am building a media/theatre room in a new house(EQ rebuild) where I have pre wired for Atmos and or DTSX(although no guides for DTSX yet).





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  Reply # 1212880 13-Jan-2015 01:56
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I have a 11.2 setup. I was planning to upgrade my A/V receiver 1st quarter 2015 with an ATMOS capable one, until I heard DTS X will be demoed at CES.  I guess I will wait it out now till a receiver with both is inevitably released.

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  Reply # 1214915 14-Jan-2015 15:40
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don't go rushing out to buy that atmos gear just yet...

http://www.audioholics.com/audio-technologies/dts-x-immersive-surround-sound

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  Reply # 1215074 14-Jan-2015 20:07
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I wasn't purchasing specific gear except a base 7.2 then running wiring to feasible speaker locations in my ceiling whilst access is easy so as to be 7.2.4 per the Atmos. At the moment DTS hasn't released any guides for speaker arrangement so one can only use logic that there will be more speakers and there will be height to additional speakers. No matter what they will have to design to add to consumer 5.1 and 7.1 systems, if they don't the market will likely not adopt it.




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