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I spent about an hour today with Atmos... I tried various configurations 7.1.4, 5.1.6 and substituting Top Front for Front Height, Top Rear for Rear Heights, etc..
At first I preferred the 5.1.6 as the ceiling effects were a bit more even but the lack of rears made rear pans noticeably missing something. I ended up Top Fronts and Top Rears for my configuration. That said, 7.1.4 offers excellent coverage in my room and the pans are practically seamless and I can finally differentiate the very high pans from the ones at ear height. I can see the benefit now of moving surrounds to ear level and I will be doing so.
I noticed certainly more precision in all the Atmos clips I watched and re-watched. I also prefer Auro upmixing vs Atmos decoding for the music video on the Atmos disc (Enrique Iglesias). Glad I have Auro - seems like it has its place.
I will start to watch some movies this week and get more insight but all and all a great addition to my system. That said, in running the 6 heights, you can see that more speakers give for a more seamless environment - even more so if you have multiple rows of seating like I do.
The Datasat had no hiccups and I found the switching between speakers configs fast and easy. What an awesome piece of gear!! Atmos dialog and bass seemed better, tighter relative to True HD and AUro upmixing... But not a lot.
This is a fantastic upgrade!! The sound is so crisp, almost clinical in nature. Tight. But these were clips made on a computer (Atmos disc). Can't wait for a movie. Highly recommended... but more playing around is in store!
Goodbye to a great audio and video genius and writer... JOHN GANNON. I enjoyed your friendship, wit and a nice long run we took around Indianapolis at CEDIA years back... and for buying my Runco 980 Ultra years back... you saved my ass! Rest in peace.