Originally Posted by turnne1
you are skipping a lot of things in there from a practical standpoint
let me say up front I have not heard atmos and cant offer any real world opinion
Number 3 could easily be a deal breaker for some
The other part...as you mention the other parts that need to be replaced are the AVR/SSP and speakers
the bulk of the expense for many resides there
and if you recently bought several thousand dollars of say AVR/SSP and speakers and now they all have to be replaced
that is a bitter pill
especially when speakers...which can be the most expensive portion of the home theater investment all total...are typically something that doesn't evolve much
As a total system of 5.2...I definitely have more invested in speakers than any other potion of my home theater
You can typically invest money in speakers and not think that they will be outdated in a short period of time as other portions of your home theater area
So..in theory...you feel safer investing more in them in the first place
I "get" that the A/V manufacturers want you to be in the market every year....well the Asian manufacturers anyway
But...for someone to have thousands of dollars of obsolete gear.....really?
You mention $900 for speakers
would those be of like quality for all your non Atmos material that you enjoy on the speakers you have thousands invested in?
Atmos would have to completely blow me away to even consider the investment I would have to remake
I you want the advancement in sound reproduction it offers, that of course it's up to you to spend the resources to achieve it at the level you want.
The bolded point is the gist of the conversation.... IMO it is a significant enough advnce that it's worth the capital to experience it at home..
They are creating something new that requires new processing and speakers... with no penalty to anybody who isn't
interested in doing so.
Your comment about just spending all of this money for equipment that would need to be upgraded can be made about any kind of technology, just not HT gear....
What's the timeframe for acceptable upgrades to tech?
You seem to suffer from the same myopic view that this initial release is all that the tech has to offer.... that it's only for home theater, etc. This is the start of something much bigger...
It's not even been officially rolled out by Dolby... this press junket was to start getting the word out..
CEDIA has always been the time frame (I expected there would be content announcements before then, but know why that didn't happen... however, it doesn't change the fact CEDIA has been Dolby's goal for roll out since earlier this year... the CE's had to announce as the yearly model change comes in the summer months...)
So Dolby and DTS were supposed to do nothing for the future? Cap off at 7.1?
I'm glad they didn't....
I didn't mention 900 for speakers.. it's what you could spend for the Onkyo AVR and their modules if you want to get into Atmos cheap...
And again, nobody is suggesting replacing all your speakers... if you want to go ahead, but since only three modules have been announced so far, and CEDIA is still a month away, you shouldn't assume that every option has been announced...
If you want to at a later date, there should be plenty of quality options for ceiling or up-firing speakers available in short order.. why intimate that the add on modules would be used to reproduce other content is weird to me.
Nobody is forcing it down anyones throat.... I personally think it will be very popular, and although we are quick to dismiss HTIB and sound bars, I think that market will make the most inroads in the years to come..