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Also... does anyone have a good copy of the latest firmware (if it winds up I try a firmware upgrade).

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Firmware is on the Sherwood website. Do a search for R-972 on their site and you should be able to find it.

Now the +3 and +6dB files, I haven't been able to find those. anyone know where to get them?

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Firmware is on the Sherwood website. Do a search for R-972 on their site and you should be able to find it.

Now the +3 and +6dB files, I haven't been able to find those. anyone know where to get them?

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Has anyone "upgraded" from the R-972 to an Atmos enabled receiver (with requisite speaker arrangement), and what are your thoughts?

Particularly interested if you used any height or ceiling speakers in your R-972 setup.

I would like to stay with Trinnov, but the only Atmos equipped Trinnov products are a bit out of my price range.

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Firmware is on the Sherwood website. Do a search for R-972 on their site and you should be able to find it.

Now the +3 and +6dB files, I haven't been able to find those. anyone know where to get them?

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Bass target files are here: http://www.hometheatershack.com/foru...tml#post501981

You don't have to do a reset the unit though, just turn it off then on worked for me. You ONLY put the file on the USB drive that you are looking to do like the 6+ db, don't put them all on there then plug it into the 972. I think there is a better explanation of how to do the bass boost somewhere in that thread. I also had to verify that it actually installed, I did this using my Velodyne SMS-1 to measure the subs before and after to make sure the boost was applied. I had to do it a couple of times to get it to stick.
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Whenever I run a strictly stereo calibration (no sub), Trinnov always comes back with -17 and -18 for the two channels. It doesn't matter where I set the gain adjustment on my external amp. There is a very obvious level difference to the test tones when I make the gain adjustment. Microphone is in the same position.

is there some quirky setting that might be causing this?
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Thanks. I'l give that a go.

Looks like I've run into similar questions/problems that some of you guys did 2-3 years ago!

Multi-channel SACD seems to be a pain. I saw some earlier posts but none that specifically answer my question here. I've managed to get my SACD player to send multi-channel LPCM over to the R-972, but I'm confused by what it does with it.

If I have the input auto-surround enabled, the R-972 display shows Stereo. If I manually set the surround format (auto-surround disabled), is Multi-channel stereo the unprocessed (other than trinnov of course) LPCM? On other receivers I thought that Multi-channel stereo was a processed sound like 'hall', 'stadium', or 'neural'?

Did any of you guys see something different when using multi-channel LPCM from SACD or DVD-A? Maybe my player is fooling me and only outputting a down mixed two channel even though I have multi-channel layer selected? My player is the Denon 4010.

Thanks for any help.
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When my 972 was working .. :-( .. I had my Oppo 981 HD (SACD/DVD A) hooked up via HDMI to 972.. The 972 (with Trinnov active) picked it up as Multi-PCM at 48KHz (apparently that's the max with Trinnov on). Are you sure the settings on the player are sending the correct signal? If I recall, I think I might have tried both auto and HDMI on the 972. I don't think you seeing Multi-Stereo is correct. More importantly, what sound are you getting out of the speakers. Are all firing.. DVD-A with Trinnov on the 972 should be an incredible sound stage for you.. I mean you'd know.. I can look and see what I have the Oppo set for (not sure it will translate to your player) if that helps..

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Thanks. I'l give that a go.

Looks like I've run into similar questions/problems that some of you guys did 2-3 years ago!

Multi-channel SACD seems to be a pain. I saw some earlier posts but none that specifically answer my question here. I've managed to get my SACD player to send multi-channel LPCM over to the R-972, but I'm confused by what it does with it.

If I have the input auto-surround enabled, the R-972 display shows Stereo. If I manually set the surround format (auto-surround disabled), is Multi-channel stereo the unprocessed (other than trinnov of course) LPCM? On other receivers I thought that Multi-channel stereo was a processed sound like 'hall', 'stadium', or 'neural'?

Did any of you guys see something different when using multi-channel LPCM from SACD or DVD-A? Maybe my player is fooling me and only outputting a down mixed two channel even though I have multi-channel layer selected? My player is the Denon 4010.

Thanks for any help.
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When my 972 was working .. :-( .. I had my Oppo 981 HD (SACD/DVD A) hooked up via HDMI to 972.. The 972 (with Trinnov active) picked it up as Multi-PCM at 48KHz (apparently that's the max with Trinnov on). Are you sure the settings on the player are sending the correct signal? If I recall, I think I might have tried both auto and HDMI on the 972. I don't think you seeing Multi-Stereo is correct. More importantly, what sound are you getting out of the speakers. Are all firing.. DVD-A with Trinnov on the 972 should be an incredible sound stage for you.. I mean you'd know.. I can look and see what I have the Oppo set for (not sure it will translate to your player) if that helps..

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Jay, that's very helpful! I think my Denon is down-converting to stereo based on the HDMI information received from the R-972 (of course not sure which unit is to blame). I really don't want to buy another player, but I may need to check out one of the Oppo's.
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Jason,

So just took a look at the Denon manual.. I guess the first question (and sometimes we all miss the obvious)... What layer are you selecting on the source when you go to play it.. I mean you are selecting the multi-channel layer and not the regular stereo layer of the DVD-A for example? Other than that, what are your settings on the Denon for Digital Out and Downmix? The 972 shouldn't be telling the Denon to downmix something.. It might not be interpreting what it gets correctly (say a bad setting on the Denon, or Denon's multi-channel SACD/DVD-A is somehow different over HDMI), but the 972 wouldn't tell the Denon to "change" what it's sending..

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So just took a look at the Denon manual.. I guess the first question (and sometimes we all miss the obvious)... What layer are you selecting on the source when you go to play it.. I mean you are selecting the multi-channel layer and not the regular stereo layer of the DVD-A for example? Other than that, what are your settings on the Denon for Digital Out and Downmix? The 972 shouldn't be telling the Denon to downmix something.. It might not be interpreting what it gets correctly (say a bad setting on the Denon, or Denon's multi-channel SACD/DVD-A is somehow different over HDMI), but the 972 wouldn't tell the Denon to "change" what it's sending..

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Thanks for looking at the manual. Yeah, using the multi-channel layer. I have the denon setup to output multi LPCM. I've tried the setting with BM on and off. After reading again, maybe I have to set the video resolution lower, but I think that is just saying some of the other codecs will get converted to LPCM if lower resolution.
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May be different settings available on the different players. On the Oppo, I have Digital Output set to RAW (not PCM) and HDMI Audio set to Auto, not LPCM.

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Thanks for looking at the manual. Yeah, using the multi-channel layer. I have the denon setup to output multi LPCM. I've tried the setting with BM on and off. After reading again, maybe I have to set the video resolution lower, but I think that is just saying some of the other codecs will get converted to LPCM if lower resolution.
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Hey,
It's been awhile, but as I received my Trinnov Altitude a few weeks ago, I sold my R-972 to a user looking for a backup unit. It's been a fun ride with the Sherwood, as I was one of the lucky ones that didn't have any HDMI problems or board failures. I'm still convinced that in the right circumstances, the Sherwood - even as an abandoned support product - can still be useful and ahead of its time compared to an Audyssey system for a 7.1 user, given the remapping feature, the "Natural" curve as an EQ option, and a cheap MiniDSP to allow someone to set a target curve for their subs to taste and/or using REW with Auto EQ to get more control over subwoofer dips and peaks. Not for everyone, but sometimes an older product can have unique advantages if you can live with the issues or where it's now archaic. Good luck, all...

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Well, I'd hope with a Trinnov Altitude that you're getting some of the best sounding addition you could make to a system.. That said, whether Audyssey or the reduced function set Trinnov in the 972 that there's no comparison. Went through two 972s.. NOT one of the lucky ones.. First just decided to leave half its intelligence on the floor one morning.. no ability to reach Setup (even on the front panel) and no video/hdmi support (even audio).. I could assume an HDMI card failure but not both concurrently.. and the lack of any setup ability was heartwrenching.. Second one was DOA for audio.. and I was not about to try and rebuild one out of two..

Went with Denon 4311CI .. With latest Audyssey and front high, I'm hoping to recapture at least some of the spatial depth from the 972.. I know that I won't reach a point of the speakers disappearing as they did with the 972, but the reality of lack of parts and support was the final straw. At some point we're all going to have to move away from the 972. There are no more parts and we're pretty much on our own here to try and help one another..

Like you said.. A great ride with SN... Back to an R-925... But it was time to look elsewhere. I'm by no means disappointed with the 4311... It provides an excellent sound stage for both home theater and music. Will be adding to the system to make it 9.1 with front high shortly..

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It's been awhile, but as I received my Trinnov Altitude a few weeks ago, I sold my R-972 to a user looking for a backup unit. It's been a fun ride with the Sherwood, as I was one of the lucky ones that didn't have any HDMI problems or board failures. I'm still convinced that in the right circumstances, the Sherwood - even as an abandoned support product - can still be useful and ahead of its time compared to an Audyssey system for a 7.1 user, given the remapping feature, the "Natural" curve as an EQ option, and a cheap MiniDSP to allow someone to set a target curve for their subs to taste and/or using REW with Auto EQ to get more control over subwoofer dips and peaks. Not for everyone, but sometimes an older product can have unique advantages if you can live with the issues or where it's now archaic. Good luck, all...
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Well, I'd hope with a Trinnov Altitude that you're getting some of the best sounding addition you could make to a system.. That said, whether Audyssey or the reduced function set Trinnov in the 972 that there's no comparison. Went through two 972s.. NOT one of the lucky ones.. First just decided to leave half its intelligence on the floor one morning.. no ability to reach Setup (even on the front panel) and no video/hdmi support (even audio).. I could assume an HDMI card failure but not both concurrently.. and the lack of any setup ability was heartwrenching.. Second one was DOA for audio.. and I was not about to try and rebuild one out of two..
Any full Trinnov offering will beat the R-972 due to the flexible parameters and faster processing than in a 2008 version of the Trinnov Optimizer, so that's a bit of a straw man. On the other hand, Audyssey MultiEQ XT before your 4311 vs. R-972 Trinnov is more or less contemporary, and the best "head to head" comparison in my opinion as Room EQ of the time went. Audyssey MultiEQ XT32 - which first was introduced with the 4311 IIRC - is less so due to its greater number of satellite filters relative to XT giving it somewhat of an advantage for correcting the sub. However, as I pointed out, something like a MiniDSP or AntiMode can make up some of that difference, but it's an additional device in the chain (between pre-outs and subs) and it requires more work than just plug and play usage.

Sorry you had the bad luck with the Sherwood. I bought my unit in 2013 new from AC4L, and even bought a second unit on the final closeout later that year as a backup. Fortunately my primary R-972 didn't have known issues after several months of use, so I sold my second unit a few months after I bought it. I'd like to think that the very small number of posters here are because there's still a silent majority of satisfied owners with their R-972s that are just lurking, but the reality is it's a dice role for a new buyer unless they're buying an already working unit. And every month that goes by, you're up against the siren call of > 7.1 channels and Atmos.


One thing: I never pretended it was a receiver. I always used it with external amplification, and about the only decoding I let it do was for two-channel audio (usually to Dolby PLII or sometimes Neural) or to upmix 5.1 to 7.1 from DVD/BluRay PCM decoded in my Oppo or JRiver. DK if that makes any real difference with unit life, but just pointing it out.

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Went with Denon 4311CI .. With latest Audyssey and front high, I'm hoping to recapture at least some of the spatial depth from the 972.. I know that I won't reach a point of the speakers disappearing as they did with the 972, but the reality of lack of parts and support was the final straw. At some point we're all going to have to move away from the 972. There are no more parts and we're pretty much on our own here to try and help one another..

Like you said.. A great ride with SN... Back to an R-925... But it was time to look elsewhere. I'm by no means disappointed with the 4311... It provides an excellent sound stage for both home theater and music. Will be adding to the system to make it 9.1 with front high shortly..

The 4311's certainly rock-solid, what a friend here called in the "Hall of Fame" of AVRs. I had the best of both worlds for awhile - having the R-972 on pre-out to my 4311, and kept an older Oppo around, so I could compare content for BD sources with Aydyssey XT32 vs. R-972 Trinnov.

But basic Audyssey, with Audyssey Reference and DEQ reflecting the mixer-oriented philosophy of Chris K. vs. the "perceptibly flat" curve other Room EQs allow - and consumers prefer as per the work of Floyd Toole - just isn't Trinnov, or Dirac for that matter. Even without remapping, Audyssey is essentially minimum phase and even the R-972 version with 2008 tech - isn't. You just don't get much correction of impulse response and phase due to the lesser to minimal correction in the time domain. But does this make a difference in what you hear? I thought so, especially because of the more expansive sound stage and clearer center channel dialog with the R-972 Trinnov. For you? That depends how treated your room is and your personal taste. Those extra two channels might make the difference for you.
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Thanks for the reply.. Tried to do the right amount of homework before going with another AVR and the 4311 seemed to jump to the top in most all categories. I don't expect front high to be a substitute for Trinnov and as I said, the seamless disappearance of speakers under Trinnov is amazing (even more so I'm sure with what you've got now). :-) The Denon is driving Center fine.. where I noticed it the most, was DVD-A coming out of my Oppo.. Again, Denon is no slouch and anxious to add the other channels, but the purity what was coming off those DVD-A/SACD was incredible. There's far too much variability on most of the sources these days as well to make any one "definitive" statement.. We've all read about the Blu-Rays to use as reference, etc. For me it was the Eagles Hotel California DVD-A as my source of comparison.

I've still got the 972 that went kind of bonkers.. I'll hunt and peck around to see if I can get it back in some form, so I'm interested in your marriage of the 972 and 4311.. We can take offline if you want..

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Any full Trinnov offering will beat the R-972 due to the flexible parameters and faster processing than in a 2008 version of the Trinnov Optimizer, so that's a bit of a straw man. On the other hand, Audyssey MultiEQ XT before your 4311 vs. R-972 Trinnov is more or less contemporary, and the best "head to head" comparison in my opinion as Room EQ of the time went. Audyssey MultiEQ XT32 - which first was introduced with the 4311 IIRC - is less so due to its greater number of satellite filters relative to XT giving it somewhat of an advantage for correcting the sub. However, as I pointed out, something like a MiniDSP or AntiMode can make up some of that difference, but it's an additional device in the chain (between pre-outs and subs) and it requires more work than just plug and play usage.

Sorry you had the bad luck with the Sherwood. I bought my unit in 2013 new from AC4L, and even bought a second unit on the final closeout later that year as a backup. Fortunately my primary R-972 didn't have known issues after several months of use, so I sold my second unit a few months after I bought it. I'd like to think that the very small number of posters here are because there's still a silent majority of satisfied owners with their R-972s that are just lurking, but the reality is it's a dice role for a new buyer unless they're buying an already working unit. And every month that goes by, you're up against the siren call of > 7.1 channels and Atmos.


One thing: I never pretended it was a receiver. I always used it with external amplification, and about the only decoding I let it do was for two-channel audio (usually to Dolby PLII or sometimes Neural) or to upmix 5.1 to 7.1 from DVD/BluRay PCM decoded in my Oppo or JRiver. DK if that makes any real difference with unit life, but just pointing it out.




The 4311's certainly rock-solid, what a friend here called in the "Hall of Fame" of AVRs. I had the best of both worlds for awhile - having the R-972 on pre-out to my 4311, and kept an older Oppo around, so I could compare content for BD sources with Aydyssey XT32 vs. R-972 Trinnov.

But basic Audyssey, with Audyssey Reference and DEQ reflecting the mixer-oriented philosophy of Chris K. vs. the "perceptibly flat" curve other Room EQs allow - and consumers prefer as per the work of Floyd Toole - , just isn't Trinnov, or Dirac for that matter. Even without remapping, Audyssey is essentially minimum phase and even the R-972 version with 2008 tech - isn't. You just don't get much correction of impulse response and phase due to the lesser to minimal correction in the time domain. But does this make a difference in what you hear? I thought so, especially because of the more expansive sound stage and clearer center channel dialog with the R-972 Trinnov. For you? That depends how treated your room is and your personal taste. Those extra two channels might make the difference for you.
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I've still got the 972 that went kind of bonkers.. I'll hunt and peck around to see if I can get it back in some form, so I'm interested in your marriage of the 972 and 4311.. We can take offline if you want..
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Sure - I built a "Frankenprocessor" with an Oppo 103, R-972, and the 4311. If you search the thread back about two years ago you'll see some of my thoughts about how I got there, and I can try to help you out. But you'll need a working R-972 to make it work, and it's only going to keep you at 7.1 (or with remapping, maybe 5.1 with two "heights" or wides).

If you're serious about this route to have R-972 Trinnov, you also might want to look at the old R-972 Trinnov Notes thread and read Curt Hoyt's comments about what you can do to stretch out the R-972 beyond basic 5.1 with some innovative ideas. That's actually what got me started down the path that led me to the Altitude:


http://www.cahoyt.com/Trinnov/R972Trinnov.pdf

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I apologize in advance if I've missed this in the lengthy thread but I'm new to AVS and haven't found a way to search within the thread.

I'm trying to help my mom with her 972 that just started misbehaving (she's had it for about 5 years). When she hits the Standby button, the unit turns on for about three seconds displaying the volume and video selection, and then cuts back off. I have tried obvious things like disconnecting all connections and removing it from the rack, but so far no luck. I opened the unit and the fuses appear in tact, so I was wondering if anyone has had this problem previously. Also, if it needs servicing, does it really need to go back to, according the sherwood USA website, is the only authorized service center, in Southaven MS?
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Welcome to the forum. Search is in the upper right, but let me save you some time. The 972 is no longer supported by Sherwood Newcastle. There are no longer parts (unless you can find someone selling one for parts perhaps). I'm assuming when you said you tried all obvious things, you also tried a system reset? Were there any changes you recently did? One persons 972 got hung up in firmware upgrade and won't fire up. Assuming also you checked to see all boards were secure? Sounds like the power on sequence is either detecting something isn't right and shutting itself down, or failure perhaps at the system board or power supply level.

I'm not aware of anyplace doing repairs, so I'd be interested in the reference you made to Southaven MS and if you contacted them and they're willing to look at it.. I have a 972 here that lost all video and the ability to even go into setup..

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I'm trying to help my mom with her 972 that just started misbehaving (she's had it for about 5 years). When she hits the Standby button, the unit turns on for about three seconds displaying the volume and video selection, and then cuts back off. I have tried obvious things like disconnecting all connections and removing it from the rack, but so far no luck. I opened the unit and the fuses appear in tact, so I was wondering if anyone has had this problem previously. Also, if it needs servicing, does it really need to go back to, according the sherwood USA website, is the only authorized service center, in Southaven MS?
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Welcome to the forum. Search is in the upper right, but let me save you some time. The 972 is no longer supported by Sherwood Newcastle. There are no longer parts (unless you can find someone selling one for parts perhaps). I'm assuming when you said you tried all obvious things, you also tried a system reset? Were there any changes you recently did? One persons 972 got hung up in firmware upgrade and won't fire up. Assuming also you checked to see all boards were secure? Sounds like the power on sequence is either detecting something isn't right and shutting itself down, or failure perhaps at the system board or power supply level.

I'm not aware of anyplace doing repairs, so I'd be interested in the reference you made to Southaven MS and if you contacted them and they're willing to look at it.. I have a 972 here that lost all video and the ability to even go into setup..

Jay S.
Thanks for the response. Not sure if I can do a system reset unless there is a way to do it physically (as the unit powers on only for 3 seconds and I can't go through any menu/selections. I looked for a hard reset (in case it had a resettable fuse or something) but all I saw were two fuses on the bottom board and they appear fine. I think the power went out at my mom's which possibly accounts for the problem (even though it was behind an APC battery backup. I'll reseat the boards, but that is likely not the problem as it wasn't moved or anything. Too bad to hear the unit is no longer supported as it worked well prior, but thanks so much for letting me know. As for the service center, I haven't called them yet to find out if they will service the unit but I will certainly reply if they do.
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Does anyone know how many channels the R-972 can map?

For example, If I use 7.1 pre out to my amplifier, can I then use say two of the receiver channels with different speakers for four more surround speakers?
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Does anyone know how many channels the R-972 can map?

For example, If I use 7.1 pre out to my amplifier, can I then use say two of the receiver channels with different speakers for four more surround speakers?
It will only map 7.1 channels, but you can double up the number of speakers in the way you mentioned (triple or quadruple with RCA splitters?). I'm not sure how the position is then calculated, might be the virtual center of the two speakers. If you didn't check the R-972 Trinnov Optimizer Application notes by Curt Hoyt, that's a good place to start for ideas on how to do so.
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It will only map 7.1 channels, but you can double up the number of speakers in the way you mentioned (triple or quadruple with RCA splitters?). I'm not sure how the position is then calculated, might be the virtual center of the two speakers. If you didn't check the R-972 Trinnov Optimizer Application notes by Curt Hoyt, that's a good place to start for ideas on how to do so.
That's where I got the idea. I know the big daddy trinnov will detect how many speakers you have, so I was wondering if the one on the receiver worked independently of the actual speaker outputs of the receiver (which I doubt).
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Just out of curiosity, is anyone still happily using this receiver?
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Just out of curiosity, is anyone still happily using this receiver?
I'm happily using two R-972s. Plus my wife and I gave an additional R-972 to my parents who are very happy with their R-972. The biggest drawback of the R-972 is that it spoils you. When we go to movie theaters the sound is noticeably worse than at home.
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My 972 has been perfect for 32 months.

Once you understand how to use it nothing else can match it.

The 3 second sound delay is unacceptable to some but I can live
with it to have the best subwoofer(s) integration I have ever had
in my room.

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Has anyone "upgraded" from the R-972 to an Atmos enabled receiver (with requisite speaker arrangement), and what are your thoughts?

Particularly interested if you used any height or ceiling speakers in your R-972 setup.

I would like to stay with Trinnov, but the only Atmos equipped Trinnov products are a bit out of my price range.

Thanks,
Jason
My main theater room uses a R-972 in a typical 5.1 setup. My secondary man-cave basement system (which also has a R-972) is more interesting. I've used the rear surround channels to drive front height speakers in that system. The Trinnov calibration program adjusts for the unusual locations of the speakers and the result is an improved front soundstage. It's pretty amazing how even mediocre 2 channel stereo sources can sound really great with this receiver when Trinnov is steering the ship. I never imagined that I would be impressed with great sound from my retro game consoles (SNES, Nintendo 64, etc.) but Trinnov works some powerful magic and improves the sound big time.

I'm planning to change the configuration to move the height speakers further outside the width of the main front right and left speakers to see if that improves things further. I'll need to re-run Trinnov (I will likely just add an additional position setting) but when I do I will report my findings. That's not going to happen until the fall or winter though.

I'd also love to hear what other's have done incorporating height or width speakers (as well as ceiling speakers) with their R-972s. Atmos sounds interesting but I really don't want to replace my R-972s.
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