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Originally Posted by imagic
If all movies came in Atmos there would be room for debate. As it stands, so many more movies have a 5.1 mix, it's currently an unfair comparison.
I fail to see how 3.1.2 would be better than 5.1 in a soundbar.
If this soundbar really plays surround and atmos content on the same speakers then it is actually 5.1 and not 3.1.2. Perhaps they are just calling it 3.1.2 for marketing purposes... If it is really just dropping the surround content then it is likely worse than 5.1.
The way atmos works it would have the surround+atmos on the surround speakers with a standard non atmos 5.1 system. With a true 3.1.2 system it would lose the surround channels and have less content than with 5.1.
With a standard 5.1 system the atmos sounds would come from the back/sides (and fl/fr IIRC) speakers instead of the top but if both are using reflected sounds I wonder how much different 3.1.2 would be compared to 5.1.
Quad Marantz AVR 9.2.(4+2) Atmos/DTS:X using Dual sr7010's + Dual scAtmos nr1403's
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