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Official Atmos Home Theater Thread UPDATED With First Impressions

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by Adam Gregorich, Aug 5, 2014.

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  1. schan1269

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    Depends on the given room.
     
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    I also have a question about which Atmos Config would be most appropriate for my room size? I have a 14'x13'x9' room. I'd like to go with the 7.1.4 setup but wonder if it's even feasible to do this many speakers in a room this small? If I can make 7.1.4 work great, if not, I may go down to 5.1.4.


    Thoughts anyone?
     
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    Let me start with an apology - I have been completely ignoring the Atmos sphere of influence (SWIDT?). I'm being forced to reckon with it as a few Redbox rentals recently relegated my Dolby 5.1 setup to defaulting to NEO DTS, etc. Is this something that can be remedied with a setting on my receiver? The disc I watched last night was the Mission Impossible Rogue Nation and in the disc setup it had many foreign language 5.1 options but only Dolby Atmos for english.


    Thanks for indulging someone who should know better.
     
  4. DanH1972

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    Dolby Atmos on Blu-ray is encoded as an extension of the TrueHD lossless codec piggybacking as an add-on file. It is compatible with stereo, 5.1, and 7.1 setups as before.


    DTS: X works the same way using Master Audio lossless as the carrier.
     
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    Hopefully a quick question:


    I'm still thinking about a 5.1.4 Atmos setup for the basement. (I don't think a 7.1.x is practical for my room.) I've got an 8' 6" ceiling and plan to hang four SVS Prime Satellites. Is this an ok idea for Atmos use? Or is hanging conventional bookshelf speakers recommended against, and I should consider in-ceiling speakers (I've got a finished ceiling and and this would be much harder to accomplish).

    http://www.svsound.com/products/prime-satellite


    Thanks for any insights.
     
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    A lot depends on the size of your room. In a fairly small space, the Prime Satellites should work, but may quickly become overpowered in a larger listening area.


    The larger the speaker and more bass response, the better. The wider the dispersion of the monopole drivers, the better. Dual concentric designs can work quite well for overheads.


    There are a few speakers out there (as examples: JBL Pro's cinema line and Tannoy's DS outdoor line) that have built-in adjustable brackets making them easier to mount on the ceiling and aim them accordingly.
     
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    The total space is about 900 sq ft, with the front two-thirds for the "theater" space; but it's all open. The Atmos speakers would be about 5' over the seated listeners' heads.
     
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    I would be tempted to just go with Atmos Enabled speakers over that option. Those will probably hang down 12 inches with brackets. How were you planning on getting speaker wire to them? If anything cutting large speaker holes in the ceiling makes it easier to run wire.
     
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    I'm getting ready to install ceiling speakers I just have one thing I have been trying to figure out. My ceiling has a slight angle angle maybe 5 degrees. Not sure how it would effect the sound. Any thoughts?
     
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    Probably not much. A lot of ceiling speakers have the ability to aim the tweeter, you could always use that to compensate if you felt you needed to.
     
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    Hi all,

    Its been really interesting reading all your views and opinions on atmos.

    Im currently undertaking a dissertation in surround sound formats and what the future could be for these. I've put together a quick survey (about 7 or 8 ) questions to see about peoples feelings are with these formats. It would be great if you could help and spare a couple of minutes to fill out this survey. It would help me greatly and it might just be interesting for all of you too!

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GZMtUEr4tqlEEnOPYCrNFRgZEhgh-ZES-mCKHJD9K6I/viewform

    Thanks!

    AC
     
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    Just a heads up that the mods and owners give a thumbs up on Aran posting his survey here. As always such endorsement is with the caution to not share any info you arent comfortable with, and if you have any concerns we might not be aware of please PM me or email [email protected] and they will get it sorted for us.
     
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    Bumping this for a couple of points.

    - War for the Planet of the Apes is still the reigning Atmos home track
    - Blade Runner 2049 give war a run for the money with deep and sustained bass, but War beats it on Atmospherics
    - Do NOT discount Cabin in the Woods because it is 'just' a horror movie. If you haven't seen it you are in for MAJOR surprises. This movie isn't what you think it is and the Atmos track is AMAZING.
    - Cloverfield Paradox launched on Netflix last night with a supert Atmos track. Check it out!!!!
     
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    It would be awesome it Netflix Atmos was actually available to Netflix subscribers.

    “The following devices support Dolby Atmos with Netflix:

    Xbox One
    Xbox One S
    Xbox One X
    2017 LG OLED TVs”

    https://help.netflix.com/en/node/64066
     
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    They are cheap, join the party!

    Also: The Bright Atmos track was pretty good too!
     
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    :unsure: $300 is extremely expensive for a Netflix streaming box!!!

    Would much prefer Netflix get its stuff together. :)
     
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    I thought it was just LG and forgot Xbox is too.

    Yeah I'm not buying xbox just for Netflix Atmos

    Dont understand why it's not on other devices.
     
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    You can buy an Xbox 1 for under 175 all day.
     
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