Originally Posted by tonyguerra
Hello, i'm pretty new to this receiver stuff and have been trying to understand a tad more. I am interested in dolby atmos, will have 3 fronts, two backs and two ceiling as atmos. (5.2.2) I know Marantz seems better and is a jump up in price, here is the dilema....
I can get the new Sony STR DN1080 7.2 (2017) with Atmos, which has pretty good reviews and seems to work pretty good for what i need (dont think I will use preamp but dont know) at $599 on Amazon.
I can on the other hand get a recertified Marantz SR6010 (2015) on Amazon for $121 more.($721) It seems to be a much more solid amp, regular price of $999 so seems to be a great deal, but then again new version STR6011 has come out. (at 1299 out of my price range)
I seem to think Marantz is the way to go, but after looking at reviews on Sony, i dont know if being newer it has better tech and will give me great results or i should go for Marantz considering deal and recertified?( have bought refurb electronics before with good results, no receivers though)
Help is appreciated with experienced Marantz Users!!
I'm not going to try and answer your question about which amp you should buy because I am not familiar with the Sony. What I would advise you to do is consider an amp that will allow four Atmos speakers (perhaps using pre outs and external amplification) because Atmos is all about being in a bubble of sound that is all around you. I don't believe you can achieve really great results with just two ceiling/height speakers.
Bear in mind that the speakers do not have to go in/on the ceiling but can be placed high up on front or side walls.
When I ordered my four bookshelf speakers, that I was planning to mount on my sloping attic ceilings, I got the first pair but had to wait a week for the second pair to arrive due to supply issues. I fitted the pair I had (as the front pair), ran Audyssey and then was somewhat underwhelmed by the results. I didn't experience the bubble.There was some height effect but not the 3-D sound I wanted. Fitting the second pair fixed that and now, although my room is far from ideal for Atmos I am getting good immersive sound.
For me Atmos/DTS:X is a worthwhile addition , even in my sub optimal room, and the great thing is that the upmixing of 5.1 or 7.1 tracks with the DTS Neural X or Dolby Surround upmixers can give spectacular results.
My 5.1 DTS version of Master and Commander sounds better than any Atmos film that I have ever heard once it is upmixed with the Neural X upmixer. That movie really does put you in a 3-D bubble.
Good luck with your choice.