Originally Posted by bass excavator
This will definitely be a niche market. Atmos will not be mainstream simply because of the logistics of multiple cabling and an array of speakers that will not be widely accepted in most homes. Think of a standard 7.1 system as a luxury sedan that many can save and afford and Atmos-based style of system as an exotic car. This is for the hobbyist who would want to excel in the quantity of the multi-dimensional audio.
As for quality of performance that will still depend on your multi-channel AVR or better yet a mulit-channel power amp, quality of the main 5 to 7 speakers, quality and might of your subwoofer, quality of your blu-ray player, tv set or projector system, power conditioning or filtration etc.
If DTS can make it work as they say with the later video I posted in the Pioneer Atmos thread. My 7.1 system with an upcoming Oppo 105 will be my eventual future. I won't be buying into added speakers.
Atmos's success will be with what meta engine it may adopt to work in the mainstream, Netflix home theater Joe and Jane watcher. That is where the multi-millions lie, not with us at AVS forum or the other fanboy forums.
While you could always be right, I don't know if I completely agree with you here. I think that is part of the beauty of the new 'Atmos enabled' speakers that are being announced. First you have Pioneer out the gate with the atmos speaker built in and you have Onkyo's HTIB's and you have the speaker add-ons just announced by Definitive Technology. I see many more announcements coming around the corner. Pioneer's Chris Walker just posted this over at Audioholics:
I totally get the that you may be hesitant about the top firing driver. But please wait until you hear it before you decide it does not work.
Both Andrew and myself are true audio enthusiasts just like you. We were also a little hesitant about the upward firing drivers when Dolby first told us about them over a year ago, however after we got a demo and were able to compare both this option compared to in-ceiling speakers we were sold. It works very well. It is not like a speaker bar trying to create a surround sound effect.
Andrew is a smart guy, and I like to think that I know what I am doing (most of the time). We both had a choice to make when creating this line of Elite Speakers, either create in-ceiling speakers as a part of the package or build Dolby Enabled speakers. I honestly believe we made the right choice. Of course the market will decide...
Also, we are considering building versions of these speakers without the Atmos drivers for those folks who want a music only speaker or non-atmos speaker. There are only three of us that create these products so we can't do too many projects at once.
At lastly these speakers are not replacements for the entry level products. Those are next in line...
Also over at Sound & Vision, Rob Sabin just posted his initial impressions of the demoes from CE Week, and while he does have a couple reservations, he pretty much liked what he heard and was surprisingly impressed with the Andrew Jones design.
Ultimately, yes, the consumer will decide if this is a keeper or not, but it is sounding very promising I think. Time will tell.