Originally Posted by 777BigAnt777
Hey there, everyone...looks like the fun conversation is going on over here!
Yeah, I'm a bit perplexed there's no answer to my query, but that's how it goes.
The official Theta thread is discussing Krell amp specs, building an amp from scratch, and RCA-to-BNC adapters.
You didn't ask me - so I didn't answer, but now that you mentioned my boring Krell :-): The bottom line is, there is no answer, and I don't expect one until DTS-UHD is settled
. Unless you have to buy a new processor, it would be foolish IMHO to upgrade at this point, the elephant-in-the-room (DTS) is about to make itself known. Upgrading from Auro (which some - not me :-) - say is deader than a door nail), to Atmos, then to DTS may not be cheap. And I suspect, it won't be cheap.
The upgrade path is a continued, on going process that never ends; it is not just Atmos, but Atmos v. 2 (speaker coordinates, 9.1.6, etc.??), DTS UHD, HDMI 2, etc. If you want instant gratification, then everyone knows a high end American company is not the one. This has been the way for as long as we own high end stuffs, right? The trade-off is between unmatched sonic, especially music where there is no comparison whatsoever with Gen VIII, vs. fast market response; decision we made the day we ordered.
In the mean time, anyone *can* get more immersion with 5.1/7.1. Ignore the following if you are already there, otherwise I would recommend setting up the system with front speakers low, but surround speakers elevated
, similar to commercial cinemas. Film mixers have always had height information mixed in, before Atmos, and after Atmos. Airplanes, birds, bugs, rain, flies, I've heard them all
(Gravity flies were heard distinctly above my head with non Atmos 7.1 system). Atmos will further clarify the ceiling effects, but it doesn't invent new sounds (height info is folded back into the 7.1 mix; you don't lose it, just need to extract appropriately). Less ceiling clarity, but unquestioned LCR and 7.1 sonic: easy tradeoff for me, and I would think for the audiophile crowd.
A great 5.1 setup with great DAC, amp, and speakers will annihilate an 9.1.gazillion :-) with small tizzy speakers, for example. To me that means relax, elevate the surrounds, for now it's good to wait, and don't bet against Kessler and company.