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Hopefully my refurb 4520 will last me four years. That should be plenty of time for Dolby Atmos to mature. Then I can pick up a new receiver.

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There are some pretty key differences/corrections though...

Neo:X is primarily a surround expansion algorithm, it's not a discrete content delivery system. It's not a cinema technology either, it's just for surround expansion (matrixed) at home. So there is not a stream of Neo:X mastered content ready to be translated from cinema to home. If a studio wants to create a "discrete" Neo:X mix they have to intentionally take the time to create the matrix encoded mix for home.

Atmos on the other hand IS a cinema delivery system, and is already gaining wide acceptance in the pro film industry. The adoption rate for Atmos in cinemas has been faster for that of 5.1 digital back in the day, and many mixing studios are investing in the object based mixing hardware. There are going to be a LOT of object based film mixes in Cinema, and the scalability of an object based system like Atmos means it's relatively easy to package that for home delivery within existing Dolby Digital codecs. So the lack of "discrete content" for Neo:X really has zero bearing on the prospects for content with native Atmos soundtracks. Within a year (probably a few months really) there will be far more options for Atmos content at home then there will ever be for "native" Neo:X.

In that respect, it's much more analagous to 3D than Audyssey DSX or Neo:X in terms of how quickly adoption in cinema will spur the quick availability of content and hardware for the home user.

Also, DTS is not a "mastering" format, DTS-HD is a compression codec. Whether a studio choose to deliver a Blu-ray in DTS vs. Dolby TrueHD has no impact on the mastering or sound quality. They just use DTS because it's cheaper and easier (straight from industry pros like FilmMixer who post here). When they are already mastering the Atmos mix for theaters, encoding that particular BD in TrueHD for home delivery is mandatory and they will switch when they want to provide that content.

Finally, with respect to the "niche" aspect, that is definitely true to a degree, but remember that Dolby has thought about this and designed the upward-firing Atmos speakers which will allow anyone who has room for 5.1 to have Atmos (5.1.2 minimum) with no additional footprint. Obviously it's expensive now but within a few years it will trickle down to cheaper receivers and you can be sure companies like Onkyo are going to sell their HTIB setups with Atmos-enabled speakers packaged in. Shoot, Onkyo already has it in their new mid-priced ($500-600) 7ch receivers, it won't be long at all before an $800-1000 Onkyo or Yamaha HTIB setup at Best Buy is going to have upward firing modules built into the front L/R speakers for a simple 5.1.2 setup that will work for any "J6P" 5.1 channel living room buyer.
Whether Atmos makes any difference at all will be determined by how the discrete sound elements within the mixed soundscape, irrespective of specific playback loudspeaker configurations will work out. Its all good and fine that Dolby had made inroads into providing professional theaters another variation of recreating sound effects in a large seating area, but with a typical home theater like yours, I really doubt the differences from a movie with a energetic lossless audio track are going to be singular subpar to anything Dolby Atmos claims to reinvent.

For a long time now, the industry has been selling miniature speakers claiming they yield equivalent audio performance/dispersion to much large speakers we all grew up with. Claiming full range effects with Atmos is iffy IMHO.

Yes being able to mix discrete objects into the sound mix will be more expensive and challenging for all those re-recording mixers, sound designers, editors and sound supervisors, and there is the risk that this will equate to exactly what we all encountered with 3D visuals. But in every instance not necessary superior, more likely to be irritating. We shall see!

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Hopefully my refurb 4520 will last me four years. That should be plenty of time for Dolby Atmos to mature. Then I can pick up a new receiver.
You can say the same thing about 2160P@ 50/60 Hz video aka 4K.

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Whether Atmos makes any difference at all will be determined by how the discrete sound elements within the mixed soundscape, irrespective of specific playback loudspeaker configurations will work out. Its all good and fine that Dolby had made inroads into providing professional theaters another variation of recreating sound effects in a large seating area, but with a typical home theater like yours, I really doubt the differences from a movie with a energetic lossless audio track are going to be singular subpar to anything Dolby Atmos claims to reinvent.
Fair enough, but this is the FIRST TIME we have had truly discrete VERTICAL sound elements. Every time some new upmix algorithm comes out (whether horizontal matrixing like PLIIx or vertical matrixing like Neo:X or DSX) there is always the chorus of, "I hate 'fake' channels, call me when there is discrete content up there." Atmos (and the other potential object formats) is really quite different from DSX or Neo:X in this respect as it's the first foray into truly discrete, three dimensional content that frees us from the constraints of specific channel layouts. It is designed to scale to any number of speakers, so if you like those overhead sounds from "Gravity" or whatever and you can throw a couple of speakers in the ceiling, now you can have it at home. And it's not "fake" synthesized/matrix audio. The sound will render where the mixer intended it to.

And I understand the skepticism, but the people who have reported actually HEARING the demos of Atmos at home (whether with in-ceiling or reflected upward-firing speakers) have been uniformly, unanimously impressed by how much better it is. It's not just about having a helicopter fly over your head, from what they've reported it takes the overall 3D immersion and sense of "being there" to a new level. Most have compared it as comparable to the jump from stereo to 5.1.

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And, BTW, just to be clear, I am not trying to shove everyone over the cliff of first adoption. I'm certainly not going to (it doesn't really make sense in my room anyway) and if somebody is looking for a good value and won't migrate to Atmos until the dust settles in a couple of years, the 4520CI on its clearance pricing is a GREAT option.

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Fair enough, but this is the FIRST TIME we have had truly discrete VERTICAL sound elements. Every time some new upmix algorithm comes out (whether horizontal matrixing like PLIIx or vertical matrixing like Neo:X or DSX) there is always the chorus of, "I hate 'fake' channels, call me when there is discrete content up there." Atmos (and the other potential object formats) is really quite different from DSX or Neo:X in this respect as it's the first foray into truly discrete, three dimensional content that frees us from the constraints of specific channel layouts. It is designed to scale to any number of speakers, so if you like those overhead sounds from "Gravity" or whatever and you can throw a couple of speakers in the ceiling, now you can have it at home. And it's not "fake" synthesized/matrix audio. The sound will render where the mixer intended it to.

And I understand the skepticism, but the people who have reported actually HEARING the demos of Atmos at home (whether with in-ceiling or reflected upward-firing speakers) have been uniformly, unanimously impressed by how much better it is. It's not just about having a helicopter fly over your head, from what they've reported it takes the overall 3D immersion and sense of "being there" to a new level. Most have compared it as comparable to the jump from stereo to 5.1.
Always enjoy your posts and insight Batpig.

I just have a real problem with the current speaker marketplace most of what sells out there for consumers to enjoy is positively wretched, so teasing consumers with purchasing more speakers to compensate for poor full range output and dispersion is a double edge sword. Good if Atmos does indeed add discrete vertical channels that improve the audio immersion of one's home theater with these types of speakers, but then if you already using speakers with good vertical dispersion, why would you need separate upwards firing modules in the first place. Oh yeah, I don't want to miss those carefully programmed discrete objects that those sound engineers worked tirelessly on!

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Recently Sound and Vision did a poll to establish the likelihood of people being even keen on Atmos. The results were as follows.

59% 5.1/5.2 channels

30% 7.1/7.2 channels

6% No surround for me. Good old-fashioned 2-channel stereo is all I need.

3% 9.1/9.2 channels

2% 11.1/11.2 or more channels

The point to come away from all this was vast majority of people are not into any system beyond 7.2, which entails no matter how desperate the industry is, your average home theater store will have a rough go convincing anyone on Atmos virtues, over good speakers selected along with room treatments.
Right now a lot folks don't care about Dolby Atmos sound it's alright in the movie theater if your gear sound good with Dolby digital you know you got something sounds good.
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Right now a lot folks don't care about Dolby Atmos sound it's alright in the movie theater if your gear sound good with Dolby digital you know you got something sounds good.
Remember, almost no one has heard Dolby Atmos at home yet; but those few who have shared their impressions garnered at industry demos have been wowed, as batpig points out. Personally, I don't believe I would buy a new AVR just to get Dolby Atmos technology, and I have to believe that those who would represent a niche of a niche market.

However, as someone who was very close to purchasing the 4520 this year but who decided to hold off to see what the 2014 Denon models had to offer, I am now firmly decided in favor of the X5200 or X7200 (that mythical beast) instead. It remains to be seen just how successful the industry will be in promoting sales of Atmos-enabled AVR's, but I second batpig's analogy to 3D display technology. You would be hard pressed to find a decent TV these days that does not include it, but I would venture to guess that most of us (myself included) rarely if ever utilize it in relation to our 2D viewing. Similarly, I may never install Atmos speakers in my set-up (currently a "conventional" 11.1), but I appreciate the potential. And in the interim I will be able to use my 11.1 configuration to play back any Atmos source material utilizing the very flexible amp assign modes in the X5200.

Based on the currently projected MSRPs, I think D&M is wisely positioning the X4100/X5200/4520/X7200 gamut in the retail market; there's a model there for many different types of enthusiast--including those who opt for the now very attractively discount-priced 4520.
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I just received this receiver; replaces Denon 5803; so I am trying to catch up. I have 7.2 system. I did the set up of speakers. I tried to run Audyssey several times; each time it ended by saying ambient noise to loud or volume too low. It ended each time on the center channel. I turned off every thing in the room; air conditioner, even took clock out, turned off ceiling fan and lights. Only thing on is tv, sony xbr65x90b and the Denon 4520 (the only thing I can hear in the room).
Read manual, with no results; Searched internet with every thing saying turn every thing off.
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You aren't doing anything wrong. Sounds like a defective audyssey mic, possibly a defective mic jack.

Give the receiver a full microprocessor reset and try again. If it still doesn't work try contacting the vendor for a replacement mic.
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You aren't doing anything wrong. Sounds like a defective audyssey mic, possibly a defective mic jack.

Give the receiver a full microprocessor reset and try again. If it still doesn't work try contacting the vendor for a replacement mic.
Thanks, I will reset when I get home. Hopefully that does it and I do not have to try getting a new audyssey mic.
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Always enjoy your posts and insight Batpig.

I just have a real problem with the current speaker marketplace most of what sells out there for consumers to enjoy is positively wretched, so teasing consumers with purchasing more speakers to compensate for poor full range output and dispersion is a double edge sword. Good if Atmos does indeed add discrete vertical channels that improve the audio immersion of one's home theater with these types of speakers, but then if you already using speakers with good vertical dispersion, why would you need separate upwards firing modules in the first place. Oh yeah, I don't want to miss those carefully programmed discrete objects that those sound engineers worked tirelessly on!

Cheers!
I'm one of the people who have heard home Atmos (and at Dolby so it was all done properly) in a 6 seater HT setup and can confirm what batpig says about it. It truly is a huge, huge leap forwards. There may be a slight hyperbole when I say it;'s like going from stereo to 5.1 but it is slight, if anything. It is truly that sort of leap. Forget helicopters flying overhead and all that... yes, Atmos can handle that brilliantly, but it is so much more. The sense of immersion and 'being there' is truly astonishing. And with the Atmos speakers too not just the physical ceiling speakers.

I wrote a short review of the experience if you are interested. You'll find it here.
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I'm one of the people who have heard home Atmos (and at Dolby so it was all done properly) in a 6 seater HT setup and can confirm what batpig says about it. It truly is a huge, huge leap forwards. There may be a slight hyperbole when I say it;'s like going from stereo to 5.1 but it is slight, if anything. It is truly that sort of leap. Forget helicopters flying overhead and all that... yes, Atmos can handle that brilliantly, but it is so much more. The sense of immersion and 'being there' is truly astonishing. And with the Atmos speakers too not just the physical ceiling speakers.

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We were split into groups of six and taken into a small, 6 seater ‘home theatre’ on the first floor of the Dolby facility. Immediately on entering the room, I noticed that it was treated, including treatments running front to back down the centre of the ceiling, and that the 7.2.4 Atmos system which they were running consisted of two decently sized subs and 7 fairly modest looking bookshelf satellite speakers. In the ceiling I could see 4 modest in-ceiling speakers. I’d say the room was about 15 feet long and 12 feet wide, with an 8 foot ceiling, so the sort of space that many people could easily replicate at home. I would say that the system components in this room were of the sort that most people could afford - there was nothing that seemed in any way ‘over the top’, so Dolby had gone to lengths to make this room typical of what we could recreate for ourselves at home.
While that system might work well for their Atmos demo, I have my doubts on other more common material, such as music concerts. My first impression is this is like comparing a couple of 2 way bookcase speakers used as L +R, supported by a decent subwoofer. While it sounds darn good, it doesn't match a more expensive 3 or 4 way tower speaker used as L + R, then matched to a larger sub woofer. When you go even more upwards in price the realism achieved with reproduction of full orchestra content becomes quite breathtaking. I only used this as a example to get to my point of reference.

For home theater setups yes I have heard setups somewhat similar, using a combination of bookcase L +C+ R along with surround speakers that were the same or similar including speakers in the ceiling. These being paired with one or two large subwoofers. While they sound nice when you do room equalization, the sound still comes across like I was commenting in the 2.1 system. I have no doubt you were impressed with the precision of where the sound seems to come from for improvement of the audio effects, still commenting that setup is so much of a step up from a existing 5.1/7.1 setup like stereo is to 5.1 does make one tend to challenge you on that aspect as a universal statement.

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I'm one of the people who have heard home Atmos (and at Dolby so it was all done properly) in a 6 seater HT setup and can confirm what batpig says about it. It truly is a huge, huge leap forwards. There may be a slight hyperbole when I say it;'s like going from stereo to 5.1 but it is slight, if anything. It is truly that sort of leap. Forget helicopters flying overhead and all that... yes, Atmos can handle that brilliantly, but it is so much more. The sense of immersion and 'being there' is truly astonishing. And with the Atmos speakers too not just the physical ceiling speakers.

I wrote a short review of the experience if you are interested. You'll find it here.

Hopefully there will be some good demos at Cedia in a few weeks.

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And, BTW, just to be clear, I am not trying to shove everyone over the cliff of first adoption. I'm certainly not going to (it doesn't really make sense in my room anyway) and if somebody is looking for a good value and won't migrate to Atmos until the dust settles in a couple of years, the 4520CI on its clearance pricing is a GREAT option.

That very well may be the route I go. I was drooling over the 4520 two years ago, got sidetracked, and now was drooling over it again a week ago. But now, just like the 'hot new chick' that just transferred to the school, I am drooling over the 5200 and the 7200. Still, I probably will end up going for the 9.2 4520, because the likelihood of adding two more speakers on the ceiling are close to nil.
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While that system might work well for their Atmos demo, I have my doubts on other more common material, such as music concerts. My first impression is this is like comparing a couple of 2 way bookcase speakers used as L +R, supported by a decent subwoofer. While it sounds darn good, it doesn't match a more expensive 3 or 4 way tower speaker used as L + R, then matched to a larger sub woofer. When you go even more upwards in price the realism achieved with reproduction of full orchestra content becomes quite breathtaking. I only used this as a example to get to my point of reference.
It's designed for movies. Can’t quite see the relevance of subwoofers to it, sorry.

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For home theater setups yes I have heard setups somewhat similar, using a combination of bookcase L +C+ R along with surround speakers that were the same or similar including speakers in the ceiling.
Trust me - you have heard nothing "similar".


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I have no doubt you were impressed with the precision of where the sound seems to come from for improvement of the audio effects, still commenting that setup is so much of a step up from a existing 5.1/7.1 setup like stereo is to 5.1 does make one tend to challenge you on that aspect as a universal statement.
Well I have heard it, so my comment stands. Go and listen - you might agree.
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That very well may be the route I go. I was drooling over the 4520 two years ago, got sidetracked, and now was drooling over it again a week ago. But now, just like the 'hot new chick' that just transferred to the school, I am drooling over the 5200 and the 7200. Still, I probably will end up going for the 9.2 4520, because the likelihood of adding two more speakers on the ceiling are close to nil.
That's a fine choice, no doubt; but note that--as I have already written--you will not have to mount ceiling speakers to benefit from Atmos (in addition to the other improvements in the upcoming X5200/X7200). I recommend you compare features/price once Denon officially introduces the new U.S. models and then make an informed decision. But to each his own.
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It's designed for movies.
When one is setting up a home audio system not everything is about movies. The speakers are highly important. Not just pitching about Atmos-enabled speakers.

See The Dolby Atmos Home Theater Paradox

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So now we’ve added 2 or 4 “potentially” poor sounding, poorly positioned speakers to an existing 5 or 7.1 speaker system. Given the small size of most coaxial in-ceiling speakers, they can also be at a disadvantage dynamically to the rest of the speakers in the system. Listening to a highly dynamic soundtrack from a movie may reveal great dynamics of a gunshot if fired directly in front, but if a large dynamic peak from a plane flying overhead or an explosion is thrown at the height channels, how realistic will it sound when the speakers are distorting or compressing the effects? To be fair, this is a common problem with the tiny surround speakers used nowadays as well.
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Need help. I have a 4520ci purchased in February of this year. We just came home from an extended vacation and when I powered the system up, I did not receive any video on the television monitor. All audio outputs appear to be working.

I have been using Monitor Output 1 since original installation and Video Output in the Video/HDMI Setup menu is set to "Auto(Dual)". After some tinkering, I moved the HDMI cable on the back of the receiver to the Monitor Output 2, which did allow video to be passed to the monitor. After doing some further troubleshooting, I changed the Video Output setup setting to "Monitor 1" and moved the HDMI cable back to "Monitor 1" output and again got audio only.

To me, this appears to be a faulty Monitor 1 "out", (not sure how or why it started since everything worked before vacation), but does anyone have any other suggestions on further troubleshooting of the Monitor 1 out? Could this be repaired by a "reset" of the system? If so, how do you reset/restore the 4520?

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The first step in any general troubleshooting would be a soft reset, by simply setting the AVR to standby and unplugging the power cord for 10 minutes. If still no joy, then the microprocessor can be reset as noted in post #3 of this thread. You can also refer to p. 201 in the Owner's manual.

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Thanks, JD. Unfortunately, the soft reset did not work. I will have to try the microprocessor reset.
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Unlike a soft reset, a microprocessor reset will return all settings to their factory defaults and wipe out the Audyssey settings as well. To avoid having to redo Audyssey and your personal settings, use the Web Control feature (p. 108 Owner's manual) to save the config file to a PC.

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One thing I noticed is that the 4520 doesn't have is a hard power on/off button.. My previous Denons 3808 and earlier and a hard on/off button in addition to the soft on/off button. But I didn't see that on my 4520. When did Denon get rid of the hard on/off button? I would use the hard on/off button when going away for an extended period.

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The 2nd button was dropped in 2010 (ie. XX11 and newer models) such that the existing button on the newer models is ON/Standby only so to turn the unit OFF you must now remove the power cable.

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JD and aaron,

Resetting the microprocessor did not work either. No video is being passed from the 4520 via Monitor 1 output. Because HDMI can be quirky, I also tried another cable and changed inputs into the monitor with no success.

Looks like I have 2 options: use the Monitor 2 output or wait 2 months for a warranty repair.

Thanks for the quick assistance.

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Also try at least 4-5 resets in a row to see if that will resolve this issue. Otherwise, if repair is required, ship it to the factory repair center PanurgyOEM, NJ as turn around time will likely only be 1-2 weeks.

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JD,

I will contact Denon for repair. The 5 hard resets did not work either. One other note, when Using the Web Control feature, I noticed under the "Information" feature that the Receiver does not show any information when connected to Monitor Output 1, but all of the HDMI information is shown when connected to Monitor Output 2.

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Yup. Sounds like repair time.

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while I doubt there will be any way to update the 4520 to do atmos. I'm sure they could.....

I was just wondering if when ever it becomes a norm. Could something like an Oppo, with all the multi channel analog out it has, be able to trick the 4520 into some type of atmos hybrid, using the multi channel analog in.

I mean i'm running 11.2, I'd think somehow I should be able to get at least 2 channels on the ceiling do something new....I'd be ok with 9.2.2....
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