Originally Posted by dr bill
I have a 7.2 setup, no upgrading to Atmos, etc. down the road. I'm happy with my 7.2.
Looks like people like Denon, and the outgoing AVRX3400H hits my sweet spot at $500 (50% discount from MSRP). I can return one of my new HDMI cables and save some money that way as well.
you should. i did not believe it much initially, but, atmos makes a huge difference. may be partially of the way how soundtrack is done and encoded, plus, the sound field itself is absolutely different, if you get a sample encoded into usual 5.1 DTS and then compare it with atmos one - it is like night and day. definitely worth it.
usual issue with atmos is the complexity of ceiling speakers mounts - but, if you use, say, same what i have - an onkyo tx-rz1100 - it works fine with the option where atmos upper speakers are side wall mounted. that is much easier to accommodate comparing to cutting proper speakers into the ceiling. so, there are always options.
speaking of that onkyo - it has a very good pre-amp and dac, but not very good power amp section, so, i use an external power amp with it to pump front 3 speakers. but, cost/features digital wise this onkyo is very good, better than denon or etc. and they keep updating firmware on it to keep it current.