HI guys. New to the site and looking for recommendations on upgrading my home theater. Their are two goals. The first is to add Dolby Atmos support with ceiling speakers and rear surrounds into my 5.1 and the second is to improve audio quality.
First, a bit about the trouble with the current setup. My main speakers are Sentry III (yes!) which have always been paired with H/K amps and I previously (still have it) pushed the Sentry's with a PA2200. I then decided to go Dolby surround and Dolby Vision. The TV is Vizio m series and decent enough for the price. I have the LG 970 (?) blue ray with the dolby vision update. Surround speakers are Sony SSM-F600H (free) with a decent Boston Acoustics center. The AVR is cheap, a Sony DH770 with two of the 7.1 channels bi-amping the Sentry's. I picked up a powered Klipsch powered subwoofer (it was $20). The Sony doesn't have sub outs so the PA2200 sits in my closet and I have to say the Sony may be rated for more power, but that H/K is twice the amp that the Sony is. So, problem 1 is I want my PA2200 pushing the Sentry's again. They are a great match.
Next issue is that the Sony claims passive 4K pass-through. Well, if it's passive, then why does it refuse to pass-through Dolby Vision? Sony added a firmware fix to the more expensive amps to allow this, but not this model. So, I have to connect the BluRay directly to the TV, and only HDMI1 supports the full bandwidth and all the features, so I gotta use that one. HDMI1 is also the only port to support ARC! So, I run a TOSLINK cable from the TV to the Sony for audio. It can send Dolby 5.1 from the TV in this manner, and since almost everything is streamed and compressed anyway, that's a decent compromise. The LG has a second HDMI output for audio, so I can get all the high end audio (except Atmos, but I only jhjjave 5.1, so who cares???) via HDMI direct to the Sony. This kills most of the I integration, but I use Google Assistant and some other tricks so I almost never have a remote in my hand anyway. Other inputs are a couple servers ; (one does 4K/HDR and is a media server with Lodi), my laptop, etc ... all using the TV inputs."
So, without breaking the bank, I want Dolby Atmos decoding, Dolby Vision pass-through, pre-outs for the PA2200, maybe a little more power for the poor surrounds, and the ability to add both rear surrounds and height speakers.
Ajq1inything under $1000? Or is that dreaming? Recommendations?