Originally Posted by DamageMcRamage
It is definitely worthwhile. As the technology matures and costs associated with it come down, it will evolve to the point of being included in every receiver, anyway. I am certainly not opposed to having Atmos. I just don't think I would go out of my way to make a proper Atmos theater with 4 or more in-ceiling speakers. Especially without a dedicated room.
For a less involved a/v guy such as myself, I don't see the extra expense justified for my application. For those with dedicated theaters or the time/space/desire to do it I can see its appeal. And when it's done properly, I can only imagine how nice in must sound.
If the technology really catches on, you will see almost every speaker manufacturer coming up with designs to incorporate Atmos in the most convenient way possible. Much like they make dipole/bipole speakers now.
Until it is time tested, I am going to lump it into the same category as 3D for now. My gut tells me that it will not penetrate the market the way the CE companies hope it will. We will see. I am in no way affected by it either positively or negatively. It will be what consumers choose it to be.
yeah, you're right. in my 'theater' it's something I WANT NOW, haha. but I also have a 5.1 in room that I pieced together with 'spare parts' I've cast away over the years. in that room, I feel exactly like you described. at some point i'll have atmos, cause it's not worth avoiding, but I'm not going to install ceiling speakers, ever. the argument I do make though, is at some point atmos enabled front speakers will probably be an option I consider.
in all honesty, my biggest hurdle when it comes to upgrades is I don't like getting rid of functioning products. I can't say my speakers are up to par anymore, but they are speakers, they still work fine. what am I going to do with them? if it was easier to sell stuff, that would solve all my problems, but the items I 'want' to upgrade aren't easy to sell local, and not worth the hassle of shipping to me. perhaps that's my biggest hurdle. I'm just running out of places to put things. I only have the 5.1 in my room because of upgrading stuff that still works. there's only so many rooms I can stuff big arse speakers all around me
then again, when I bought my first 5.1 set up(well 5 speaker set up, I think it was a year or two before 5.1 was really a thing) nobody else I knew had surround sound of any kind. most of my friends make the same arguments about the inconvenience of running wires, and the complexity of needing an avr etc. most of them now have surround sound of some kind in at least one room. so I think atmos WILL catch on, but it'll be more like you said, and it'll be when companies go for the convenient route. at some point in the near future we will have atmos enabled sound bars for example. the in-ceiling speakers present a challenge, but there is no reason why somebody could run a 5.1 setup and not run a 5.1.4 setup with atmos enabled speakers. for ppl looking to do a new 5.1 set up, it will make sense for them to get an atmos one at that point, and there won't really be a reason(other than cost maybe) not to