Originally Posted by gbaby
I do embrace surround for music. I just don't embrace ATMOS. I live 18 miles from Cherry Point Marine base and I hear helicopters regularly above my house. However, the sound is not above my house but it is omnidirectional and one cannot tell where it is coming from. Like I said, I don't hear ATMOS in real life and none of you hear it either. There is nothing wrong with justifying your purchase, however.
I am sorry you heard poor Atmos,...….what you point out is one of the main complaints about Atmos....people want to hear bullhorns from the heavens. The reality is, when properly set up you do not even notice Atmos,...it does sound like a omni directional helicopter in real life.
If you set up Atmos and notice the ceiling speakers are even there from sound, it was not done correctly...…..
For music it is even better, it sounds like standing in a concert with the crowd noise coming from all directions, including above you, like in real life, it becomes omnidirectional.
I can`t wait for the next iteration which will be in floor speakers.....
There are certain movie scenes where the sound does come from just the ceiling, like scenes with rain on a metal roof...…
Some people like it, some hate it...….to each their own, even the 2 channel people who watch movies, A OK in my book, I grew up on mono transitor radios, so I am good with whatever choice a person likes.
One thing most have in common was the perception of Atmos will be like bullhorns from the sky.....it was my expectation too, however after having it for almost 2 years now and hearing a bunch of varied content, upmixed content, I think it is much better the way it is, where it tries the best it can to be omni directional, bullhorns from the sky would not be near as realistic.
Just like 2 channels tries as hard as it can to be realistic...or 5 channels or 9 channels or Atmos with no channels using the number of speakers you have...….
After hearing music and concerts in Atmos there is no way I would be happy with just surround.....surround is much better than 2 speakers, but Atmos is better than surround alone.
It is like having the best steak you have ever tasted, then having a wagu steak, that best steak you ever tasted is like spam after that and never the same again...…
Everyone has their thing...2 channel guys bash the surround guys, surround guys with 5 speakers bash the 9 speaker guys and the Atmos guys bash the surround guys and even the 2 vs 4 vs 6 ceiling speaker guys debate with each other...….
Do whatever you like...….
If you hear something that you do not like in Atmos, it is more than likely the content/mix...poor content and mixes exist in all configurations...…...it`s not the configuration, it is the content. When I hear horrible mixes in stereo, I do not blame stereo......same with surround, when I hear poor content is surround it is the mixer or the content, not some flaw with surround....same with Atmos.
We are in the infancy of Atmos mixing, just like the late 50`s early 60`s with stereo....it took a while for musicians and mixers to even consider stereo and quite a while for them to have good mixes in stereo......some mixers and musicians thought stereo was gimmicky parlor tricks.....
Now that my system is dialed in and with a good mix, it sounds like sounds are coming from outside the room in all directions at different distances......Atmos movies get paused all the time because me or others think they hear something real outside the room or upstairs....lol