Originally Posted by Done Deal DR
I saw my first Atmos production last week, Man of Steel at Cine Capri in Scottsdale AZ.
It really added a lot to the production, it's the first movie I've seen since I got more "serious" about my home theater that actually impressed me (and of course not because of the actual movie). Usually I go to movies and all I can think is... this would look and sound better at home! Clearly wasn't the case with the Atmos sound, very enveloping and it does a great job of spacial awareness... moving sounds about the room in a manner that coincides well with whats going on in the video presentation.
I would definitely be more prone to seeing additional movies with Atmos sound, whereas the only reason I ever go to movie theaters now is social convention. LOL It just doesn't make a whole lot of sense when you feel you own home is as good or better without all the aholes... and you can buy the BD for less money and watch it infinitely.
I concur on all points.
You’d think that someone like me, connected with “the industry” all these years, would have been among the first to hear these new-fangled 3D audio systems. Yes, I heard the 24-speaker system at SRS Labs many times as they developed MDA, but I mean hearing it in a real cinema situation.
Well, thanks to the gracious invitation of Marti Humphrey at The Dub Stage, and his accommodating clients, I got a full on demo of Auro3D, including clips from a movie mixed on the premises, Oz The Great and Powerful. First time I’ve been to a movie named to describe the sound mix, but hey, that might be the best thing about the movie (will see it in full next week on BD). The sound was both great and powerful indeed!
The Auro 3-layer approach was seamless as it reached up and over, able to convey both space and detail. My concerns about “hot spot” overhead imaging were eliminated by the use of a cluster of 4 speakers to cover that. The effect felt completely natural. A big, seamless space.
Later that night, I had a chance to get my next initiation, this time to Atmos. I’d already seen Man of Steel in a conventional cinema, so being able to compare it was too good an opportunity to pass, even though MoS does not improve with repeated viewings. The cinema was Regency Agoura Hills, which also offers 2 full rows of D-Box seats! We sat dead center in the row right in front of those.
First off, I felt the cinema was superbly tuned. Smooth response, no jacked up bass or elevated volume. So that put me in a positive mood right off the bat, as it was better than my first experience with MoS where the sound was still good, just not as good as this.
We were able to notice the attributes of Atmos. Certain off-screen sounds were pinpointed, and ambiences and flyovers were elevated. The ambience bubble was there. And yet it lacked in contrast to what I heard from Auro in this apples to oranges comparison (different movies, different rooms). There was nothing overhead. It felt more like giant surrounds. So yes, Atmos sounded better than a normal cinema, and I’d go again given the choice, just as I’d go to Auro if that were available.Edited by Roger Dressler - 6/28/13 at 1:33pm