Rachael B said:The appeal of the Atmos enable speakers, to me, is I could move them if need be. I've had the same Paradgm speaker for over a decade. So, I gave changing speakers a thought. I'm gonna carry the receiver downstairs in a few and have a look at the manual.
If DTS X takes off, well, I can always change processing again, easily....and I'll have Atmos in my bedroom system....if I had enabled speakers in there. I'll never put speakers in the ceiling of my bedroom. Why is DTS always bringing up the rear...? ....one format after another....
Rachael, if the 65's don't have a wide dispersal pattern and the tweeter and/or woofer is not adjustable, I would consider a different brand. Dolby recommends that overhead speakers with a more narrow beam of sound be aimed towards the main listening position for more accurate envelopment according to their Atmos whitepaper.Rachael B said:I'm gonna set the 1030 up in the next few days. I've done quite a bit of reading in the simple manual that comes with it and the advanced manual that you access on-line. It's gonna be easy for me to hook up. It's my third Onkyo head unit. I had an 805 receiver and presently have an Onkyo Pro tuner/processor. I wish that the 1030 had more flexibility with the amplified channels. I'm gonna pre-out the seven, traditional channels to my amps and I can't use any of those channels. The only channel assignment offered is if you're not using Height Channel 1, you can bi-amp the Front L & R. You can't even use those channels for, say, Zone 2. I wish I could use 2 of my unused channels to power Height Channel 2. I have an extra amp sitting around but it's ashamed there's not wider range of flexibility with assigning channels. In the end, I'll only be using the pair of Height Channels 1 of all the 9 amplified channels. The box should run C-O-O-L!
I've settled on four Paradigm 65 speakers in my ceiling. I'm gonna have to save for a couple of months for the expense, which could run as high as $2000 including the install. I may be able to speed the process up if I sell a couple of used pieces of equipment I've kept around.
Nice! I have the Atlantic Technology 8200e system, so I wanted to go with the Atlantic ceiling speakers, but they aren't sealed. Considering I spent a lot of money during construction to keep sound out of the ceiling above I went with Triad Bronze sealed inceiling. I have been playing catch-up on Atmos reviews (there is a listing here: http://www.hometheaterforum.com/atmos.html). Mission Impossible was OK. Gravity was excellent. I also really thought Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 was amazing followed by John Wick and The Expendables 3. Feel free to check out any of the other ones on that page, plus I'm working on getting others posted.Rachael B said:Last night I watched an Atmos double feature. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation was first. It really popped more in 7.2.4 than it did when I watched it with 7.2 the first time. As impressive as Mission Impossible was, Gravity was a better Atmos demo for me. It has some loud and crazy stuff like Mission Impossible has but it quite a few quieter scenes where it's easy to notice how well placed an effect is.
I think I have at least a half-dozen more Atmos titles waiting to go....
Unbroken was a great movie overall. I was really disappointed in the Atmos mix for Gunman. Sooo many missed opportunities! Mocking Jay was AMAZING. Not just the things you expect like aircraft, etc. The best scene was the bombing when they are in the bunker--hearing the impacts above you really adds to the experience.Rachael B said:I've already got Unbroken, American Sniper, Hunger Games Mocking Jay, and The Gunman. I picked up some discs in anticipation of getting my 4 ceiling speakers installed. I'm anxious to experiment with some older titles too. Tonight I think I'm gonna give Mocking Jay a go. If I get new speakers, something I've been mulling over, it's most likely gonna be Atlantic Technology. I still have my little 250 series AT speakers that I got back in 1994. I have surround sound in my bedroom employing them. I still love their mini-THX sound. Well, if I get new speakers, it'll be next year or late this year. Winning the receiver has challenged my budget....after buying speakers and installation. I'm retired now and I have to watch my money more closely than I used to.
Try the coppola dracula movie. it was recently released with dolby atmos.I thought that The Gunman sounded rather good for a lower budget movie. Obviously, a team of technicians didn't spend a world of time designing the sound. I watched Zero Dark Thirty. It sounded good and the folks put more work into it's audio design. I did not notice that Unbroken had Atmos when I got and played it some months ago. I'll have to pull it back out. I'm running out of Atmos encoded discs. I'm gonna play Red Tails and see what the processing does for air warfare.