Originally Posted by Mud scientist
Howdy, I have Atmos questions that involves the Vizio 5.1.4 vs. the Nakamichi 7.1 Pro. Are up-firing speakers absolutely necessary if ceiling mounted speakers are not possible for now? The Nakamichi 7.1 Pro is slated to get a Dolby Vision and Atmos firmware upgrade in 2019, along with its current DTS:X, but no changes in hardware planned. It does not have up-firing speakers but their website mentions elevation effects via their SSE feature. So, will the Atmos be a synthesized surround effect in the 7.1? The Nakamichi touts its discreet speaker system, so perhaps the regular front and surround audio comes from a local speaker source and the Atmos will present via software manipulation?
I am on the fence between the two soundbars. The Vizio is more expensive, has not DTS:X, only one HDMI input and does anyone know if their HDMI ARC is 1.4 or 2.0? The Nakamichi is less expensive (unless I go with the 9.2 which is competitive), will have Dolby and DTS:X, and more HDMI inputs. If Atmos MUST utilize the dedicated up-firing speakers and will thus sound better than a synthesized Atmos, then I will go Vizio.
(p.s. I had the early Vizio 5.1.2 from Costco and returned it due to software issues and imo underwhelming height effects, perhaps 5.1.4 would be better)
At the outset I m a naka 9.2 owner so I don’t want to comment on the vizio as you will find better advice here from the vizio 5.1.4 owner nor do I wanna make this naka vs vizio:
1st)So since vizio has one hdmi, you might wanna ensure your tv pass through atmos through arc from an external device not just in built tv apps. Else you won’t get atmos. I hv 9.2 so can’t comment on 7.1 but extra hdmi input will be extremely helpful to connect multiple external devices directly to the speaker( the ideal way of getting best sound)
2)The naka has dts:x and is awesome with dts:x movies( at least with 9.2 and 7.2). I am not aware of 7.1 but reviews suggest same
3)Naka’s current pcm upmixing is not great but with the firmware upgrade it’s promised to have a better Dolby upmixing
4)Atmos is always going to be better with discrete upward firing speaker as in vizio but make sure you have no vaulted ceiling and the speaker placement is extremely important.
Dolby has come up with simulated height effects as will be present in naka for the atmos.
5) (probably helpfull to you )I was contemplating between naka 9.2 and vizio 5.1.4 and chose naka because I personally felt the two 10” subs and the regular 9.2 sound was better with excellent front and back stage sound isolation and 3 crossover frequencies being available with naka. Naka’s current weakness is not able to process DD+|Doly true hd , but with expected firmware that’s gonna resolve.
I am sure owners of vizio will have great inputs for you on the 5.1.4 , hope the above points help you to decide.
Sorry if this looks like a vizio vs naka , I wish there was a separate thread for probable owners of either systems trying to get the pros and cons of similar products
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