Originally Posted by Kris Deering
Tough choices for those looking to invest early. At this point I almost wish Atmos held out another year bringing it closer to the launch (fingers crossed) of 4K Blu-ray. That way you don't get in this either or option. Though I don't use AVRs or processors for video switching so as long as my future 4K player has dual outputs like today's players, I should be good. I don't see myself upgrading to Atmos until later down the line. I'm picky about audio processors and I'm not jumping in early just to find out I want something more or better down the line. I want the roadmap fleshed out a bit more to find out what I may or may not want from Atmos or any other audio options coming down the pipe. I've spent too much money as it is being an early adopter only to find out I have to upgrade the next cycle (and the next, and the next.......).
All good points and sound advice
. I would stay put for a couple of years if I had an X700/rs57 like you do, but I really have to upgrade at least my projector (X30/rs45) by the beginning of 2015, hopefully for a model with true 4K support.
I'm hoping that the upcoming Radiance Pro - unlikely to arrive before next year - will have proper HDMI 2.0a in/out with HDCP 2.2, which means that it could be used to switch 4K protected video sources (what do you do with the dual output when you have more than one 4K protected source, say the Sony brick and a Bluray 4K player?).
That means I could keep my lowly 3311 for a couple more years until Atmos matures (and DTS competing format is also supported). An alternative would be to get a current mid-range Onkyo like the 636/737/838 just to get Atmos as they should get an Atmos firmware update in September. That way the Radiance Pro would do proper 4K with HDMI 2.2 video switching and the audio would go to the Atmos enabled AVR. The price of the 1030 in the UK is close to extortion (£2000!) so not an option for me.
Of course this is only a possible path if Lumagen manages to find enough of these elusive HDMI 2.0a chipsets with HDCP 2.2 to implement in its 2015 range...
As you said, it's unlikely all this will align until the end of next year at best.
We shall see what display/VP manufacturers (bar Sony) decide to support on their new range at Cedia/Berlin, that will be an indication. If like for the AVR guys there is still no HDCP 2.2 support (irrespective of the speed of the chipsets), it will confirm that the protection standard is already well and truly dead. Last year was just excusable, this year they have the 2.0b + HDCP 2.2 option, so if it's still not there something's definitely fishy...