Well, since nobody else has given any impressions of the 9.2 system, I guess I'll jump in and give my thoughts, having been able to play around with it last night for a few hours. Just for a bit of reference, I've been using my built in TV speakers for the last 5 years since I got rid of my old system before my daughter was born. My previous system was a Paradigm Studio 60 v.5/cc-570/Hsu VTF 2.3 system with an Anthem receiver in an acoustically treated room. It was a very nice sounding system, but unfortunately had to go to pay for the new house and all that fun stuff. I've been suffering without decent sound ever since. When I saw this thread about the 9.2 DTS:X system and started reading reviews of the previous 7.1 system and seeing how active Nakamichi was as far as answering questions and actually giving real specs for their speakers, I decided to gamble and pre-order the 9.2. I have to say that so far it is actually even better than I was hoping it would be. I'm seriously impressed.
LG 65B6 OLED
Nvidia Shield w/ External Hard drive using Kodi to stream all my ripped blu rays
Xbox One S for UHD Blu Rays
PS4 Pro for games
Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 DTS:X
I currently have it setup in the 9.2 configuration. I originally had the speaker placement how Nakamichi recommends in their diagram, with one Subwoofer on each side of the couch. I had mine behind the couch with one on each corner. Surrounds and Rears are all mounted on some cheap Amazon speaker stands that I think I'll be replacing soon. I was not initially pleased with the sound of the bass with this sub placement. It was overly boomy and I could only turn it up to 2 before it just sounded like generic deep bass with no tightness or definition. It sounded like my Hsu sub before I added bass traps to the room. I decided to move one sub to the other side of the room next to the TV to see if that helped. Thankfully, it made all the difference in the world. Bass was no longer muddy and felt much more evenly dispersed around the room. My biggest concern with this system as far as sound quality goes, was whether I would be satisfied with the amount of deep bass the subs produce compared to Hsu which could get down to 18hz. Well it certainly doesn't go as low as the Hsu, but it's better than I was expecting honestly. Explosions and gunshots sound fantastic. Audible bass is excellent, It just lacks a bit of that chest thump you would get with the Hsu. I'm happy with it.
As good as the bass is, I'm even more impressed by the surround speakers and the way Neural X seems to upconvert things to 9.2. Unfortunately I don't own a single DTS:X disc so all my testing is with DTS-MA, Dolby True HD and Atmos, and various other lesser audio formats (DD,AAC,AC3 etc.). I'm pleased to report that the Nakamichi performed absolutely flawlessly no matter what type of audio signal I sent it. The Atmos track on Guardians of the Galaxy 2 sounds great. Very rich, full sound with extremely active surround. I only sampled each disk for a few minutes just to see how the different mixes sound. Star Trek Beyond had a few parts where I really felt as if there was noise emanating from above me and not just around. The part where the bad guy is loading the captured Enterprise crew onto his ship has some very cool overhead sounds as enemy ships fly around. Based upon my very brief listening, I'm very pleased with how this thing is handling Atmos soundtracks. DTS-MA sounds absolutely incredible. The opening scene of The Revenant when the camera is slowly moving over the stream and you are just surrounded by the sound of running water and birds chirping from different speakers. It really made me realize how much I had been missing having a nice surround setup. The Force Awakens DTS-MA also sounded fantastic. I really can't say enough about how pleased I am with the way this thing has handled all the audio formats I've tried. Netflix, Youtube, Google Play Music. They all sound great. No Lip Sync issues. nothing.
Now that I've gushed about everything I love about this thing, I have to mention the one thing that I am disappointed by. This has got to be the worst remote control I have ever used. Period. Unresponsive. Atrocious range. Must be pointed directly at the soundbar in order to be recognized, but most maddening of all is that it has some weird button lag issue. Lets say I'm adjusting the center channel volume with the Center + button and I set it to 6 and then don't touch anything else on the remote. A couple minutes later I want to turn up the main volume button so I press main Volume up and instead it still keeps adjusting the center channel volume at least one or two more times up to 8 before it realizes I'm pressing a completely different button and starts to turn the main volume up. Then I have to go back and turn the center volume back down. It's absolutely bizarre. This is way too nice of a soundbar to have such an awful remote. I'll be looking for remote alternatives asap. My only other big complaint is that I wish you could adjust the balance on the L/R. I'd like to turn my left surrounds up just a little bit but I haven't found a way to do it.
Overall I'm extremely pleased with this thing. Hopefully something can be done in firmware to get the remote working properly because as of now that is my only real complaint. Great job Nakamichi.
Last edited by mattlock75; 11-10-2017 at 10:35 AM.