For those who might've missed it, here's a link to AJ on Scott Wilkinson's Home Theater Geeks
podcast from a few hours ago:
For a while, there's just basic Atmos info. and info about Pioneer's new products (so, at first, some of it may be "old hat" to some of us, but still presented well). But, it was particularly interesting, later, to hear Andrew talk about how he got motivated to really get into the project and produce a superior loudspeaker system to match Atmos's potential; the design choices and parameters, some of which are mutually fortuitous (e.g. CST development for both front and height); the CST development itself (which I'm most excited about); and just generally AJ's firm belief (along with SW's), in his no-B.S. way, that Atmos in the home is a serious evolutionary step towards heightened HT realism--and, one hopes, heightened music-venue realism for music-based performance, too.
AJ stresses that he designed these to be serious speakers...for music, firstly. With the pinpoint imaging I expect from the CST in terms of front soundstage 3D realism, plus the ambiance of the recorded reverberant space delivered via Atmos's steering and (matching) surround and ceiling speakers...man, I'm so hoping the programming/media options include lots of Atmos music-venue content...but, hey, I'm hoping most of all that these new speakers are just fantastic for plain jane stereo, too. IIx and z. 5.1. Whatever. Cake and eat it, too.
P.S. The video is worth watching, alone, for the money shot of AJ hefting the crossovers for inspection. Serious coils. Serious crossover networks. Serious speakers. Also, the cutaway demo of the CST, if you haven't seen it, with the dual neodymium magnets, drivers and surrounds, spider and basket laid bare, is cool; love to see a big blowup.