Originally Posted by Azurik
Ok, just spent an hour going through a couple of Atmos demo clips, Atmos Netflix and atoms games and feel like I can give Brief Impressions of my Experience in my listening environment.
I am.... disappointed. The soundbar struggles with what all “surround” bars struggle: the actual surround. The sound quality is exceptional and easily above all other soundbars I heard so far including the ysp5600, Playbar and Samsung k850 to name a few.
In my 3.5 x 4m squarish room, the soundbar just doesn’t need a subwoofer at all! The bass is crisp and deep with no distortion and I feel it would fill a room of 6 x 6m easily.
You get a massive front floor to ceiling sound wall coming towards you with a great perception of wide left/ right separation, centre and hight.
Despite some tweaking and calibration etc It just doesn’t push the sound to the rear and rear hight in my opinion just like all soundbars without dedicated rear speakers. It does push the sound quite far to the sides but just not far enough to create an illusion of the sound coming from the rear/ rear hight.
It’s a shame really as the sound quality as mentioned is amazing but in the end, for me it just sounds more like a 3.1.2 soundbar.
I am going to give it few more days and probably try the Samsung Q90R which in the UK is £700 cheaper but is a true 7.1.4 system due to dedicated rear speakers (despite a lot of syncing problem reports) before I make a decision.
Gosh. Been avoiding this thread, sorry guys. I'd hate to admit this, but I'll have to agree with Azurik on this one. I'm not getting "wowed" when I hear the Ambeo.
The effects are faint. I borrowed a Dolby demo disc with Atmos sample effects. The disc consists of various effects from movies and music. Clarity is fine. The effects, though, are faint. Even when the pink noise generated test tones of 5.1.4 as that specified by Sennheiser were played, the backwall sounds are weak.
As you may know, I used this unit for bedroom viewing. This means that the bed header is very close to the wall. However, surround sound or even regular stereo is best heard when a chair is at least 3-feet from the wall. So I had it recalculated with the mike in the center and I'd sit at that spot to simulate normal surround seating, leaving air from behind. The surround, mostly the back, is still faint.
In the same room of several years ago when I'd play old Dolby movies, I had dedicated ceiling speakers and it was great. The loudspeakers still exist although I've long ago removed the equipment. I suppose I'm spoiled. But this bothers me because that was old technology and I was happy, then.
I played my favorite "Indiana Jones - Temple Of Doom" the beginning scene "Anything Goes". I remember having involvement with tap dancing of the dancing girls from all around. Not as much shoe to floor tapping sounds from all around, now. Sure, it's only a soundbar, no physical loudspeakers from top. But now it's Atmos. And I played the Dolby demo disc again to the same result.
As Stewrt mentioned, the app has difficulty in pairing with it.
In the beginning, it logged and paired. In fact, as I had ambient music playing softly on my Sony music server at my living room, it paired with that one! I discovered this as I was setting it up; I felt a slight vibration in the soundbar. A good thing, I thought. At least it sees WiFi before even telling it to. And it did. Later, it got screwed up, though. My iPad also lost WiFi. On my NightHawk modem/router, I noticed an unusual occurrence. The username and password changed.
The router settings were restored. I must point out that it's been raining and very humid in the east, these days. Humidity effects WiFi reception some.
I know these things happen and this may be an individual problem, but this never happened before and I thought worth mentioning. Plus, when I moved the working router closer in the same room as the Ambeo, it didn't matter whether it was WiFi or Ethernet hard wired. Now doesn't see WiFi or internet at all although all other devices (the television, Blu-ray player, iPad) do.
I'll have to do a thorough troubleshoot. My Oppo UDP-203 is new technology. I'll switch to my second Oppo, their highest level machine UDP-205, later. I'd hate to give up. Maybe (I hope) I'm doing something wrong. Initially, it paired with the app and received its update. I think it's important that I have this paired again for better settings with its app, first.