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View Poll Results: Have You Installed Dolby Atmos?
Yes, with Atmos-enabled speakers 20 2.68%
Yes, with Atmos modules added to my existing speakers 20 2.68%
Yes, with speakers on/in the ceiling 120 16.09%
No, but I plan to 389 52.14%
No, I plan to use another immersive sound format 43 5.76%
No, I never plan to install immersive sound 154 20.64%
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post #1 of 187 Unread 12-18-2014, 06:02 PM - Thread Starter
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Have You Installed Dolby Atmos?



AVS members have been eagerly awaiting the availability of Dolby Atmos for the home. Have you installed it in your HT?

I've heard it said that Dolby Atmos for the home is the most important development in consumer sound since multichannel surround was first made available for home use. (One can argue exactly when that was—1982 for Dolby Surround 3-channel LRS, 1987 for Pro Logic 4-channel LCRS, and 1995 for Dolby Digital 5.1-channel on LaserDisc.) In any event, I certainly consider Atmos to be the most important audio story of 2014, and I'm sure that many AVS members have already installed the necessary speakers and AVR or pre/pro to implement it in their home theaters.

Have you installed Dolby Atmos in your home theater yet? If so, did you use Atmos-enabled speakers, Atmos modules added to your existing speakers, or actual speakers in or on the ceiling? What model of speakers and AVR or pre/pro do you use? If you haven't installed it yet, do you plan to? Or do you plan to use another immersive-sound format like Auro or DTS UHD?

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There needs to be an option of I plan on installing some form of one. I have heard and liked Atmos, but am hoping for more info on DTS MDA at CES or at least some huge Blu Ray Atmos release news to sway me.
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There should be an option, no I never plan to install ATMOS or equivalent.


I voted No, but plan to...no telling how far in the distant future that will be.
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+1, never option is missing...
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I voted that I plan to, but not for a while. The main reason is that I have been a guinea pig for the last time, and by the third generation the bugs will have mostly been weeded out. Also, I am perfectly happy with my 7.1 channel-based setup, so I am in no hurry. In fact, the next upgrade on my list is to a 4k display (at least 3rd generation, black levels < 0.007 fL, and NO motion artifacting), and now that the MLL rising problem has been solved on my 65V10 display (back to 0.006 fL... wooo whooo!), I have several more years use before a replacement is necessary.
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Yeah, I voted last option, but probably never is more like it. Continue using existing surround sound is about right.

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This is an interesting poll. ...And guess which I voted? ...That's right; DTS-UHD (MDA).
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Another great poll design Scott. I guess you just don't want the persons who don't intend to install an immersive system to vote. Just ignore me and the others who dare to criticize your poll design.
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Those who have noted that I omitted an option are correct; the poll now has a "never" choice.
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I have no desire to install Atmos quite yet until atoms compatible media becomes more widely available. As it is, they are only just now (in the last couple of years) regularly coming out with native 7.1 content on home video releases, so now I am considering upgrading from 5.1 to 7.1. When Atmos reaches the level of market saturation, then I will consider whether or not I want to install the speakers for it.

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I definitely plan to...after the building help of BIG, a calibration from Mark, custom speakers from Gorilla, and followed by a HTOTM feature from Scott!

Although none of the involved know it yet.
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Want to do Atmos, difficulty is how to reconfigure an existing dedicated home theater room.
On the matter of when surround sound originated, conceived in the 60's, who remembers the Ambisonics Surround Sound System?
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I am Atmos equipped and about 10 days from completion. The shame of it is, I have 2 Blu-Rays with Atmos soundtracks that if it not for Atmos I likely would care to see. My ceiling speakers are going to get awfully bored without more titles.
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Will definitely get it...but it's better to wait for DTS's equivalent, since you know it's coming. I remember my first AVR, having Dolby Digital 5.1, but not DTS (Yamaha). Similarly, I remember having Dolby Digital only capability on Laserdisc and the first wave of DVD's. I'm happy with lossless surround and will wait until DTS, Dolby and perhaps others sort this out. My .02
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I have atmos with ceiling mounted speaker and I absolutely love it... I use DSU to mix everything to ATMOS, sounds amazing.
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Vote: No but plan to.

I plan on trying it as part of my regular upgrade path. When a new OPPO player supports 7.1.4 (Atmos and or Auro...etc) and I get new front mains I'll move speakers around and give it a try by hanging existing speakers off the ceiling. If it sounds good I'll keep it, if not I'll sell the old speakers and put my money into something else.

Not sure how I'll implement rear height speakers, there's so little space in back. First to try would be front height.

If I weren't so happy already with immersive sound fx I'd be more excited but I already get excellent front rear psychoacoustic immersion on a number of movies. I just wish more existing movies were mixed better since many simply put junk sound in the rear channels. There's more than one movie I've watched recently that randomly places the low strings nearly completely in the rear channels...how odd is that? And there's the re-balancing of front rear channels that is always needed with some movies, very frustrating. I could go on with complaints but won't.

Current immersive audio technology isn't being utilized to it's full potential. Another format won't fix this. Better consistency and the following of established standards is needed for better audio.

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I plan to, but not with the boring receivers and processors that most of the mainstream manufacturers are putting out. I have my channels and subs all amp'ed and ready.

16 to 24 channels is where it's at.

I do hope that DTS finalizes their codec as well soon.

I think 2016-2017 is going to be the more important year for Atmos / DTS.
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I have a 9.1 setup with surround back and front height speakers. Dolby PLIIz has done an amazing job of mixing in the heights with the rest of the soundtrack. It never draws unnecessary attention to itself and only ever adds a third dimension to the surround sound experience. I get the full experience of discrete 7.1 plus the added benefit of occasional overhead effects.

I have heard Atmos in the theater and found that it sounded like, well, my 9.1 system. My point in saying all this is that I believe Dolby is capable of taking existing content and making it perform even better. Based on my experience with PLIIx and PLIIz I have good reason to believe that Atmos can take a 7.1 track and turn it into an impressive experience. I need not wait till Atmos encoded content is released.

Atmos will be my next upgrade.
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Not at the moment but I definitely plan to. I think, at this point, I'm just waiting to see how it evolves over the next little while. Last thing I want to do is buy a new receiver (I only just bought a Marantz 7008 last December), and then for something else to come along that will require me to upgrade to a new receiver yet again.
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I have recently installed a Dolby Atmos 7.2.2 layout utilizing my Vandersteen speakers throughout. However, I am struggling with the system to accommodate my recent addition of the AURO-3D firmware update to my Denon AVR.
The speaker layouts referenced, as posted on Denon's website, differ to some degree between the two formats, AURO-3D and Dolby Atmos. It is a work in progress and much experimentation remains.
My ceiling speakers are not in-ceiling mounted so I can move them around with a wee bit of difficulty. My obsession with surround sound began back in the late 70's with a laserdisc player and a Tate-Fosgate 101 processor.
My obsession has only spiraled out of control since then! I don't know what I will do when DTS presents their approach.

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I just want yamaha to make a pre amp with atmos
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I just got my modules so 3D sound is a part of my world now! I'm loving it.
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Man. I'm not sure, it doesn't grab my attention to where I feel like I have to have it. I spent the last 3 years figuring all this stuff out starting from scratch, and I finally got my room to where it sounds like a proper, immersive theater. There's just a lot to learn, whether it's room-acoustics, correction software, video calibration, speaker placement, subwoofer placement, receivers, blu-ray players, speakers... I think I'll just enjoy what I have for now. I don't think I'd be interested in adding another receiver and speakers that are Atmos compatible, and then EQ those.. at least just yet.
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Will definitely get it...but it's better to wait for DTS's equivalent, since you know it's coming. I remember my first AVR, having Dolby Digital 5.1, but not DTS (Yamaha). Similarly, I remember having Dolby Digital only capability on Laserdisc and the first wave of DVD's. I'm happy with lossless surround and will wait until DTS, Dolby and perhaps others sort this out. My .02
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Go For it.......if you can?

Installed a 7.1.2 in ceiling a few months ago and have been very impressed in it's capabilities. My only concern has been the very slow release of software. However, as pointed out to me in a different thread the DSU is worth it on it's own. I have stopped moaning about the quality of the few discs available and have started to go through my legacy discs as suggested.
Last night was "Inglorious Basterds" which sounded great. The whole of chapter 2 and most of chapter 5 are well worth a demo. DSU also does a great job of music. If you are undecided about making that leap into Atmos get yourself a demo, I'm sure you will enjoy it.

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Im waiting for DTS HD UHD to see what there layout is like before I do anything.
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I am also in the I will wait camp. I want to see how the whole 4k thing shakes out in regards to specs. I want to upgrade my pre/pro/avr only once and will do without Atmos until then. Hopefully by then, Auro and DTS will be available all in one package and the options in regards to speaker manufacturers will be greater than they are now. So, I will be staying out of Atmos for 2015 and hope to jump in in 2016.

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I voted "plan to", cause quite honestly I doubt I can buy a non atmos capable receiver next time I upgrade, but it's not something I'm rushing for.

It's should be at least 2-4 years from now.
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As an apartment dweller with 6'8" ceilings it isn't going to happen. I can't install ceiling speakers and have no desire to place them on high stands. I just can't get them up high enough for any real benefit. 7.1 with wides is more than good enough for me. I also purchased a Marantz sr7008 which would be another major expense to replace.
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