Originally Posted by Stoked21
So many people pushed back on me last year when I was very vocal about not buying a non-HDCP2.2 AVR and cautioning people to strongly not buy old models without 2.2 compliance....Most people said I was wrong and that the studios would never release Atmos just on UHD discs..And then studios such as Disney and Fox released statements saying they were reserving immersive audio for UHD....No different than Vudu only puts Atmos on their UHD rentals (which also require HDCP2.2).
Well as of today, I now have 4K UHD discs in hand of: Ender's Game, Salt, Amazing Spiderman 2, Hancock, Smurfs 2, Pineapple Express, Lego Movie and Chappie all with Dolby Atmos. These packs also contain regular BD. However, the regular BD are just DD+ or Dolby TrueHD. That's a total of 8 new Atmos movies released today....And all only available on UHD with HDCP2.2.....I know these are not the best movies per say, but they are new titles in Atmos sound format. And there are another couple hundred slated to come throughout the year with UHD Atmos updates. But only on the UHD discs and the regular BD will not include it. The regular BD are just pressings of the original movie release.
Sure, some studios will continue to put Atmos on the regular BD for new releases (Hunger Games, Heart of the Sea, etc), but you likely won't see re-releases of older movies with Atmos except on UHD.
As an FYI, other UHD discs with Atmos that are in stores: San Andreas, Sicario, Expendables 3, Pan, Mad Max:Fury. And UHD with DTS:X Last WitchHunter. I picked up Mad Max and Witch Hunter while I was at it for UHD Atmos and X demo material. These ones, being newer releases, all have immersive audio on the regular BD though.
I'm really not trying to say I told you so for those few naysayers who were out there. I am strongly suggesting that those who have not bought their AVR yet, do not consider a non-2.2 model. For those who have bought their AVR, you should really consider an upgrade or a lower cost alternative such as the HD Fury Integral. I've been recommending the Fury for some time, but have no first hand experience with it since I'm all 2.2.
In a nut shell, my Atmos collection just went from about 20 discs to 28 discs in one day of new releases....
I am in the midst of plans for upgrading an audio-only room to an Atmos audio-visual room, and this may significantly impact my plans.
Video will be supplied by a Vivitek Projector, 1080P, so I have been ignoring 4K for all practical purposes. Connected with this, my plan includes the Marantz 7702 Pre/Pro, not
the Mark II, as once again 4K is not in the foreseeable future for this system.
But as I do definitely want a good Atmos experience, based on what you're saying, apparently I need to pay attention to this. A few specific questions:
1. Can I get a UHD Blu-Ray Player that will output 1080P and Atmos audio, and if so, which one? If this works, then I don't need to change any plans other than the Blu-Ray Player.
2. Are UHD Discs available for rental, and/or are they likely to be available for rental in the future? I don't really care to spend a lot of money on Discs, and in the past, have enjoyed just renting and watching Blu-Rays - much more cost-effective.
3. If the only way I can get the 'true' Atmos experience is to buy UHD Discs, which I'd rather not do, and have to rely on watching conventional Blu-Ray (which will only occasionally have actual Atmos, based on what I've read here), utilizing DSU to gain any kind of simulated Atmos experience, is it even worthwhile adding Atmos to begin with???