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Elac Atmos Speakers

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by Doug Smith, Feb 24, 2018.

  1. Mike Frezon

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    Do the dogs stay in the room when you watch a movie? Or do they not like the sound, and get scared?
    Let us know how you like the setup after some listening time please.
    And congrats, and enjoy!!
     
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    Circumstances haven't allowed me a LOT of opportunity to fire up Atmos soundtracks. But in those few pieces that I've tried, my kneejerk reaction is that I'm not getting a lot of separation between my fronts and heights. And by that I mean I'm not especially getting the sensation of overhead directionality from any of what I've listened-to, so far. But, on the other hand, the room feels fuller of sound, but I cannot be sure if that has anything to do with the Elacs or because of the new receiver.

    That's my honest opinion after a few brief listening sessions.

    As long as things aren't TOO loud, they stick around. Heavy bass thumping inevitably gets their attention. Pete, the younger pup (the white-ish one) will actually watch the screen when action is taking place--ESPECIALLY if it involves a dog or some other animal. Any other dog I've ever had would never divert his gaze to the screen. But Pete will actually watch for extended periods of time. And if a movie soundtrack has a dog barking way off in the distance, his ears will also perk right up. Ernie (the older, darker one) doesn't hear too well, I think. He's 11+ years old. Pete, however, is just 2. :D
     
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    Mike,

    Just remember that not all Atmos soundtracks are created equal. Some are superior with more Atmos activity.
     
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    That's why I am reserving judgment on the Elacs. There's a lot of variables...and that's one of the most important! I gotta find something that, for sure, is designed to give me overhead fx.
     
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    It may be a bit difficult with your setup to get too much separation since your fronts are so high to start with. Most all of your sound, Atmos or not, is coming from a high angle.
     
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    Understood. A number of people earlier in this thread advised me that might be a strong possibility based on the pix of my setup. I now "fear" it may be true (although everything still sounds great). But I need to find a particular soundtrack (if anyone might be able to recommend one?) which they could point to a particular passage and say that I should really be able to hear xyz overhead to hopefully be able to discern things for certain.
     
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    In Ron's first post in his thread about pursuing Atmos, he suggests the first John Wick movie, if you have that:

     
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    Give Mad Max: Fury Road a try too.
     
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    Even though I've only got the Blu-ray of both those films, both Blus have the Atmos track so hopefully I can give them both a try tomorrow.

    Thanks, fellas.
     
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    The benefit of Fury Road is the surround goes full bore right from the opening scene. So, you get a pretty good impression right from the beginning.
     
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    What I'm going to need, though, is for it to be obvious that particular sounds are supposed to be coming from overhead.

    I'm sure that Fury Road is going to sound kickass. In fact, every Atmos track I've tried has sounded really good. What I'm specifically unsure of is if the placing of Elacs on top of my elevated RTi4s is going to be effective in providing me the proper "height" fx.
     

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