I, for one am going to have to "stand corrected" on the upward firing Atmos speakers that i have made countless jokes about. And here is why. I was in LA this weekend visiting the in laws and was invited to a private showing of planet of the apes. A name brand AVR/Speaker CE was there with there home Atmos set up. The room we viewed the movie in serves as both post and pre-release screenings. It has all the bells, whistles, you name it, this room has it. All the gear was in plain sight, laid out just like any HT end user would do it, there was four overheads, and the fronts and rears had the upward firing speakers. We were told that sometime during the movie, the switch from the over heads to the upward firing speakers would be made.
This switch, as we were later told, happened during a scene in the movie were it was extremely quite, around half way through the movie, and me, as well as 21 other people, never noticed it at all. This viewing room, however is around a $3 million dollar room, so it has what the rest of us, probably never will have, as it gets remodeled yearly it seems like. The first thing i noticed was the removal of the over head sound deadening material(duh) in the room, other than that it looked the same(except the wall paintings). For those who are asking, it was a DCI projector, Christie Digital, however it was a MKV file encoded with Dolby TrueHD sound, played from a laptop, same thing that will be planet of the apes when it shows up on BR disk. The sound was sent VIA HDMI to a Atmos consumer model AVR that will be available end of year(they said that) as will the speakers.
So i will say Dolby and --------- did a fine job on a joint effort to "get it right".
I really wish i had been allowed to take some pictures and video, but the answer to that was a big, fat "NO". And also since all the equipment i saw, was still in it's prototype condition i am not able to answer any who, what, or were's i can tell you when, Sunday.
I was told top electronics stores were going to have a similar mock up, Best Buy, Fry's electronics, etc. So i guess you can hear the same demo at one of them near you, this year.
Last edited by CinemaAndy; 07-22-2014 at 12:38 PM.
Reason: Dolby not DTS.