Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman
Then, sadly, there is little reason for consumers to go out and purchase these Atmos enabled speakers. Even though they work, to me it sounds like they would now be an absolute waste of money unless no other competing object format ever popped up or they actually did end up working with more than Dolby audio products. Do you seriously think that people are now going to go buy Dolby specific speakers and DTS specific speakers and Auro specific speakers??
This is probably one big reason why the SMPTE wanted these formats to play nicely together. If your supposition is true then this new audio "evolution" will be still born to the general consumer base and it will be a disaster for enthusiasts who can and will put speakers on their ceiling (like me).
Do you see my point?
You are totally confusing the issue...
There's one huge
reason to go out and buy these speakers..... Atmos (and DS.)
Why isn't that a good enough one...
What SMPTE is doing has nothing to do with Dolby Enabled speakers...
How does a Dolby enabled speaker that works for Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround exclusively make the format itself "still born?"
Right now there is one object based format for the home, and to date there are exactly zero titles released in any other for the cinema.
And how exactly will it be a disaster for people who install ceiling speakers?
What you clearly stated was that Dolby could limit the use of Dolby Enabled speakers..
I think that will be the case.
If DTS and Aruo want to reproduce overhead sounds for those without
ceiling speakers, they should spend the resources to invent their own solution.... and of course I don't think people will want to install three sets of speakers for each format, but that's not anti consumer on Dolby's part, it's their format, and they are first to market... and they offered a pretty fantastic solution IMO.
If DTS-UHD had beat them to market without such a solution, how much do you think it would've limited their initial consumer base? And if in or on ceiling overheads were a requirement for UHD (which I can't see happening as it's speaker agnostic according to the limited information so far) I think you'd see a bit of consumer backlash...
How would Dolby exactly limit the use of a discrete in ceiling speaker to a user or AVR manufacturer? That makes no sense...
You do understand there is a difference between the two speaker types, right? One is specifically labeled as a "Dolby" speaker in the AVR, the other as "Top" or "Ceiling..."