Originally Posted by Archaea
Source?: All the threads on Atmos for the last couple months. Like you I was super excited about it at first.
Your bolded line is where I fell out. Sdurani's post nailed what is actually being released to us as I understand it.
which says atmos for home is still encoded as an location based audio system, and 1st gen processors simply haven't made use of that, YET.
I don't care what the first avr with atmos is capable of, that's NOT a representation of the possibility. what I care about is how the atmos soundtrack is made at the source. IF it's location based, which it seems to be, then the possibilities are limitless. the difference between channel based and location based audio is revolutionary, and that's what I'm most excited for. if the receivers don't really take advantage of that for a few years, so be it, that's disappointing, but it's no slight against atmos.
at the end of the day, it still appears as though an atmos bluray will be indefinitely future-proof! the factor that will determine it's quality is not the source, but the processing done afterwards. for now, we may have to settle for 7.1.4 or whatever the avr's are capable of. but that's only the starting point, and NOT the limit.
Displays: Samsung PN64F8500/JVC X35
AVR: Pioneer VSX-1130K, 7.1/5.1.2 audio
Sources: HTPC(Enby), PS3, XBOX360, Wii
Control: Harmony One