Ohm Acoustics Owners Discussion
Ohm Acoustics speakers are very unique in their design and performance. They are manufactured in Brooklyn NY and are only sold on-line with an extremely generous trial period. With all of the new 3D audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D and with DTS:X on the horizon I wanted to start a thread discussing using Ohm speakers with these new formats.
In my situation, I inherited a pair of Ohm Walsh-2 speakers, manufactured circa 1987, about 14 years ago when I married my wife! I decided to use them as Rear Surrounds in my 5.1 configuration only to find that they sounded much better than my Infinity front mains. Over the years I got to speak with John Strobeen the owner of Ohm Acoustics in Brooklyn so recently when I upgraded my 5.1 set up to Dolby Atmos / Auro-3D configuration I gave him a call to see how I could use my Ohm Walsh-2's and set up a complete system using all Ohm speakers.
John is a wealth of knowledge and was eager to help. After a lot of experimenting, below is the setup for my home theater which is in my small to medium sized living room.
From Mains - Ohm Walsh 2000's
Front Heights - Ohm Walsh 2000 Omni Satellites
Front Center - Ohm Micro Walsh custom Center.
Rear Surrounds - Ohm Walsh Super 2000 Omni's ( upgraded Walsh-2's)
1- Cambridge Audio Subwoofer
Marantz SR7009 using Audyssey equalization.
My configuration is a work in progress and not set up to the exact Dolby Atmos or Auro-3D specifications but a compromise solution given my living room situation where I can't install ceiling or rear height speakers. What was interesting was that although my configuration isn't exact, I'm getting excellent 3D imaging with both Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D sources. Specifically with the Atmos and Auro bluray demo DVD's along with Dolby Atmos movies. In discussing this with John Strobeen at Ohm Acoustics, the experience is partially due to the fact that the Ohm speakers by design produce a near Omni directional sound field giving you that "immersive" effect. This coupled with the new audio formats is really providing an incredible 3D sound field in my setup.
If you are using Ohm speakers, lets use this thread to list your configuration, experiences, thoughts especially if you are using the new 3D audio formats.