Originally Posted by smurraybhm
1) So am I the only one that is concerned that Atmos will dumb down the room correction? 2) Like Markus there is no way I am replacing my speakers - spent thousands earlier this year upgrading them (5 total). 3) What will these speaker top units look like ? 4) Is Pioneer the only company making the module which has been talked about, but no details on those, only on their new speakers with built in driver on top.
1) Well, I'm not worried in the least
That would be the least of my concerns implementing Atmos.
Why would it dumb down room EQ? each speaker will still get a correction & calibration, including the height component, ceiling mounted or reflecting. If you are worried about EQ'ing reflected sound, I've been doing it since the 80's with dipolar Magnepans and it works just fine. I've used an Audio Control C101 analog graphic EQ with the dancing LED's back then
It came with a pro level mic, and measured to pink noise so you could adjust to get a "flat" response. Magnepan's didn't throw it.
Then used Pioneer's MCACC with 3 different Magnepan models since 2003. It's calibrating/EQing a combined sound to the mic, not direct vs reflected. My Maggies have always been calibrated to the fraction of an inch to their actual physical distance to the mic, even the wall mounted, reflecting planars as surrounds. It's pretty damn accurate. There are quite a few Pioneer owners who've used Magnepans, Martin-Logan, DefTech's & other speakers that have reflecting characteristics. If you follow your concern to its logical conclusion 1) it wouldn't work with any DefTech's, or any bipolar/dipolar surround speaker which is the most prevalent surround design by ALL speaker mfg's. Logically, the height part of Atmos, whether direct (ceiling mounted) or reflected, is not much different from a bipolar/dipolar situation. And Audyssey/MCACC, YPAO, Trinnov all work with those.
2. Understood, I'm in same situation. But I have no qualms about adding Pioneer's speakers for the Atmos height component or somebody's module. I'd set them on stands along the wall near where my Maggie surround panels are. I'll do that or bite the bullet for ceiling mounted.
3. Photos are already out there for Onkyo's modules on their web site. And add-on modules have already been announced by DefTech on an announcement site, it's called the A60 and will fit on top of their bipolar towers. So you have 2 sources already announced, with photos.
4. Pioneer so far has only announced the full speakers, not the add-on modules. I don't know if they will have modules or not. But again, if you read what's been published by the press, the top driver looks like an independent connection to the height terminals so I think could be used as modules. I've already posted the link to the press site that said this. I think it was digitaltrends.com
Hope this helps with a bit of your angst.
These companies will have done their homework to make sure their respective room EQ systems all work well. There's too much for their & Dolby's reputation for them not to. Don't you think Audyssey wouldn't have had the opportunity to evaluate how this would sound with their system? If it didn't work well, that would reflect on them, too