Originally Posted by Schwa
Fair point, but one only has to have 5.1 channels for Atmos (or object-based audio in general) to be a big deal. One doesn't have to have greater than 7.x channels for Atmos to be a significant upgrade or, in this context, purchase consideration. In addition, and speaking only from personal experience in this case, I would've also voted for 7.x channels until just recently when the Atmos units were announced. Now that I understand Atmos' potential benefits, I'm upgrading to an 11.2 system.
The XMC-1 might be a huge success; who knows? I'm merely suggesting that its omission of Atmos at this stage of the game is a pretty big deal -- not to mention its lack of support for greater than 7.x or HDMI 2.0. Potential buyers will notice those omissions, and while they might not matter to some folks, there will definitely be those who cross the Emo off of their list because of them. Again, I suspect the XMC-1's implementation of Dirac will make or break it in the marketplace.
Yes, good point. Before Dolby ProLogic, I'd have voted for a two channel system
And before motor cars, I'd have voted for a horse and cart.
Emo have paraded the XMC-1 as a cutting edge, revolutionary product. And they intend to launch it right in the middle of the most revolutionary, cutting edge development in a decade, but without the very features that comprise that revolution and cutting edge. If someone had suggested that at the very time the industry is moving wholesale to object-enabled sound you launched a product with the features and benefits of three years back, the laughter would be heard coast to coast. But because of the ever-delayed launch of the XMC-1 that is exactly what Emo are doing. It is like launching the latest version of the horse and cart just as Henry Ford is starting production of the Model T. And then attempting to defend it by saying "who wants a motorised carriage anyway - the horse and cart has served me well and will continue to do so!"
Or, imagine this: you were launching your fairly expensive, new ProLogic unit just at the same time that everyone else was launching Dolby Digital 5.1. That is what Emo are trying to do now. And imagine how much your Prologic unit would fetch on the secondhand market two years after Dolby Digital 5.1 had found its way into more or less every AVR on the planet. That is how much an XMC-1 will be worth in two years time. Remember people at the time running the exact same arguments? "ProLogic is fine - who needs discrete 5.1? There won’t be any difference in sound for most people. There;s no content. It's just a gimmick. It will never catch on.
And remember when the move began from two channel to multichannel, people running the exact same arguments as they are now? "Who can fit 5 speakers in their room? It's crazy - they're just trying to sell more speakers. Nobody needs more than 2 channels and speakers...
" How many these days have HTs with two speakers?
The XMC-1 can be neatly summed up in 4 words IMO: too little too late.
EDIT: I remember throwing a perfectly good ProLogic decoder out with the trash because nobody wanted it after Dolby Digital 5.1 discrete was launched. I'd hate to make the same mistakes over and over.