Originally Posted by bootman_head_fi
Anyway back to tech talk.
If there is speculation to be made on the XMC it should be on why they brought up the topic Dolby Atmos now vs earlier when the tech was being announced.
I think they set up that separate Atmos thread, sensibly, to get the discussion out of the XMC-1 thread. All it was doing there was highlighting that the XMC-1 didn't have Atmos capability. Whether you want Atmos or not, it was pointing out over and over that Atmos wasn't ever going to be a possibility on the XMC-1, revealing what some will see as a shortcoming.
My take on it, FWIW, is that the XMC-1 has had such a long and difficult gestation that when the birth became tantalisingly close they couldn't even bear to contemplate delaying it yet again in order to add what was at that time a little understood technology called Dolby Atmos. I am guessing, and that's all it is, that they also, like many people, underestimated the importance of Atmos in the home theater environment and the impact that it will have on everything from soundbars, to 5.1 systems to 13.1 systems, to Netflx streaming services and so on. So, if they were even aware of Atmos, they took the decision to plow on without it. Later, as the Atmos interest gathered momentum, they may have realized that this was a potential error on their part and so took a spin-line that Atmos was only for people "interested in festooning their home with speakers" (which is untrue for various reasons) and/or that it "won’t be coming for years" (also clearly untrue). Then, as more and more information about Atmos was leaked, it became harder and harder to deny its forthcoming existence and benefits. So they moved the discussion from the XMC-1 thread, which IMO was a sensible decision.
Imagine if the XMC-1 had been a truly revolutionary product instead of the (Dirac excepted, maybe) me-too product that it is and had featured capability for 13 channels, Atmos and SOTA REQ. Wow! What a product that could have been. Oh - Denon will be releasing such a product in September... (but with XT32 instead of Dirac). To me, that announcement in the French press about the Atmos-enabled Denons which will be on the shelves this fall was the death blow to the XMC-1.
There has been speculation that the XMC-1 will be quietly allowed to die in the privacy of its own assembly plant, and I have some sympathy with that POV. But my own feeling is that we will see some units released eventually and then it will be allowed to die in the privacy of a few customers' homes. Only time will tell which is right.