We have confirmation on the inclusion of at least one Atmos avr. My friend confirmed today that even if he can't make it - I can borrow his Onkyo TX-NR636 with 5.2.2 Atmos.
With that in mind should we choose an Atmos capable movie? (There is only one avail at this time - the newest Transformer, which on a positive note is a action heavy, surround heavy, bass heavy movie the whole way through, and on a negative note is at best an OKAY movie - even for those that liked the transformer series. I'm not sure which other Atmos titles will be released soon, maybe something better will come through by Nov 8, but the list at current doens't look too promising (http://hometheaterreview.com/more-do...les-announced/)
As far as good sound - the Transformer movie with Atmos has it in spades and the action is loaded front to back throughout the film.)
Hmmmm about the variance in number of speakers.... I see both sides on that matter.
I don't believe more speakers automatically equate to higher enjoyment. Stitch1 liked 7.1 > 5.1 > 9.1 in my room, in the same test I liked 9.1 better than 5.1, but was indifferent to 9.1 vs 7.1. This testing was done with the onkyo pr
-sc5508. In all frankness the 5.1 setup was perfectly adequate, and 7.1 was a very slight step up IMO.
I do see your point however, and there is also the consideration that this is a blind test and we don't want to away what audition is what by having one AVR play 9.1 and another play 5.1.
Counter again however --- is it statistically interesting if 9.1 is favored or disfavored over 5.1 or 7.1 by the blind votes?
More input and discussion is in order on this matter.