Originally Posted by David Susilo
Sensationalist article from a site that never even listened to Atmos demo.
They've had a clear bias or at least opinion against home Atmos when it was just a rumor so they've just come out of the closet and made their "anti" Atmos stance official.
All of them, from Gene to Tom, would have a lot more credibility IF they actually went to one of the demos & actually reported in an online article about their experience that is was no big deal.
He did make some valid points, IMO, about the overall lack of knowledge how to setup HTIB & budget systems. Other than getting it into as many homes as possible, I think Atmos is a waste for the HTIB/soundbar market.
But for enthusiasts, I strongly disagree with his conclusion.
IMHO, the main deciding factor how well it succeeds or fails will be up to the studios not the shape of the speaker or the angle of the top driver.
To me those are used to justify why their staff doesn't seem to want it to succeed.
For many, this will be a hard/harder sell with cost, new speaker choices and/or installation, replacing gear they bought recently. But isn't that true of every new technology, especially lately? This is nothing specific to Atmos. Some will eagerly be early adopters if circumstances & their money can support it. Others may never have an interest or will wait a few years.
I can accept cautions and concerns but I don't accept the eagerness to pronounce it dead before it gets out of the gate.
As much as I respect what Gene has done with Audioholics, this smacks of an agenda they've had starting with the rumor phase up to & including Pioneer's speakers, which they've made no bones about not liking. For an objective review site, to come out so strongly against the speakers and the format w/o hearing & testing them is not very objective at all!
And let's go one step further, while they've never AFAIK
, posted negative reviews of Pioneer gear, they've not really embraced Pioneer either. They have a clear implied and sometimes openly stated "preference" for D&M, Yamaha & Emotiva products. They don't happen to be an authorized Pioneer Elite dealer either but are dealers for Denon & Yamaha.
That's my take. I think Tom Andry has some valid points but his overall conclusion is way premature with no objective data to support it.
It's just his subjective opinion.