: You sir, have been a literal inspiration to me! I've recently upgraded to an Atmos system, and am reading this massive thread backwards to get caught up.
My curiosity got the best of me, and I clicked on his Cowshed Cinema build link, and read through all 37 pages. Well done, indeed!
And while I have a living room rather than a shed, I have benefited from Mr Barnes' many posts, in that today, I toed in my Atmos speakers towards the MLP, and sat down and watched Blade Runner: The Final Cut 4K restoration in Atmos. OMG.
I hope you don't mind, I'm going to cut and paste your review of it here:
Oh boy oh boy oh boy, oh boy.
On Roger's recommendation at the weekend I bought the 4K remastered, with Dolby Atmos sound, version of Blade Runner The Final Cut on UHD disc.
If you haven't seen Blade Runner in remastered 4K with Dolby Atmos, you haven't seen Blade Runner!
From the very first notes of the wonderful Vangelis score, you know you are in for something very special.
The 4K remaster reveals details and textures you have never seen before. I audibly gasped at the early flyovers of 2019 Los Angeles - never before have I seen such crisp detail, adding a new sense of reality to these images. HDR proves its mettle with the inkiest of blacks, fabulous shadow detail and crisp whites. In a highly graded movie like this, WCG doesn't get much opportunity to shine. But it's the sheer retrieval of detail that wowed me the most. A fabulous effort on the part of Warner Bros.
But if the image quality blows you away, just wait till you hear the Atmos re-mix. From the first seconds of the movie, your jaw will drop as various flying craft pass over your head, come in low from left and right, circle the room. Disembodied voices from advertising vehicles swoosh over your head, and move perfectly in line with what you are seeing on screen as they come in from Top Front Right, to all over the entire overhead soundstage, to disappear via Top Rear Left. In the Tyrell Corporation building, announcements hover above you, coming from the ceilings in the space you are watching on screen.
The score has elements continuously mixed overhead and with the ear level speakers to give a fuller presentation than you have ever heard before, and elements of the score have been remixed with sound effects to create a slightly surreal, 'other world' feeling. Perfect.
Out in the streets, the intensity of the sounds of the large crowds of people swirl all around you, with astonishing clarity, enabling you not to just hear a general 'hubbub' of voices, but dozens of individual voices combining to make the whole.
And the rain! For a movie in which the rain never stops, the Atmos remix adds an entire new dimension, literally. Take the scene where Deckard is sitting in his vehicle and revel in the sound of heavy rain forcefully hitting the roof of the vehicle as he checks in with control. You are just in the vehicle with him. And every other time the action moves to a rain-filled scene, you are totally immersed with the sound of the relentless rain beating down from above and from all around.
In one scene, Deckard and Rachel make a visit to Sebasitan's flat and they take the elevator. The camera remains on the ground floor and as Deckard and Rachel talk as the elevator takes them up several floors, you distinctly hear their conversation and the elevator motor sounds rise gradually from floor level, to mid level to the very top of the screen.
I could go on for pages about this Atmos mix. The overhead speakers are engaged almost constantly throughout the entire movie, whether with small ambient noises, elements of the score, light ambient sounds, or whether full-bodied, full-blooded sounds of flying vehicles, rainstorms, thunder, sound effects and more. This is a go-to disc to demonstrate why you installed Atmos in the first place.
If you enjoy this movie - and who doesn't? - and you don't have the 4K restoration, I urge you to go out right now and buy it. You will not be disappointed!
Pro custom HT build to highest standards - Cowshed Cinema
It was all that, and I don't even have a cow shed! Thank you, Mr Barnes!