Originally Posted by tomtastic
*Sigh* Oh for the love ...
Remember when we had 5.1 and we bought our first AVR and that was good for like ten years or so??? When is this going to end ?
Well, I remember back in 1990 buying a Kenwood Stereo receiver and two mini advent bookshelf speakers to go with it. Was a huge, huge upgrade in sound for my video gaming (TurboGrafx-16 at the time). Playing Dungeon Explorer in true stereo, was an amazing thing.
Then, a few years later, Dolby Surround hit the scene. I got a Dolby Surround receiver, and hooked up some back speakers. I was amazed when certain games and movies featured the surround effects on the rear speakers. I remember when Hi-Fi VCR's were around, and you could rent a movie like Jurassic Park on VHS, and if you had a Dolby Surround setup, you would amaze the neighbors.
Then, we eventually got to the DVD players arriving, and having actual DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 That was a HUGE upgrade. I got a DVD player in 1997 I think. It was a cheapo RCA for like $500 (it was a launch unit). I remember renting this movie called "Legends of the Fall". It had some AMAZING sound back in 1997 (or early 1998). I also remember renting Twister on DVD more than once because I was so impressed with the sound via the 5.1
It was a brand new experience.
Then... when Dolby Pro-Logic IIx came along, and you could have 7.1 systems, that was another huge jump. Even before we had legit 7.1, Pro-Logic IIx added a huge amount to my video gaming enjoyment. You could take a normal 5.1 soundtrack, and make it 7.1 Sure, it was fake 7.1, but it sounded damn good to me. I remember playing Bioshock in fake 7.1, and being totally amazed by it.
Then of course Dolby True HD and DTS Master audio came along, and we got legit 7.1 soundtracks.
Things always improve... it's just the nature of things.
If Dolby Atmos is as good as when Pro Logic IIx came along, then it would be worth the upgrade. Or DTS: X or whatever else. I just need the 11 channel receivers to come down a bit in price.