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So it seems like we are on the dawn a major update in surround processing....namely, Object oriented audio codecs by both Dolby and dts.


I see in this audioholics article, Atmos for home theater is due this fall in $1K and above recievers

http://www.audioholics.com/editorials/dolby-atmos-home-theater
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Early Atmos Adopter? Dolby Wants You!

Uncle SamWe are hearing that Dolby Atmos will start working its way into AV receivers starting at around $1k this fall. Are you ready to jump on the 9.1 or 11.1 surround bandwagon? Or, do you think this will be another forced technology push like 3D and UltraHD have been, from an industry desperate to promote a shiny new product or feature rather than educating the consumers on how to better set up existing technologies to maximize their home theater experience? It will be interesting to see if consumers will identify a need and benefit for adding more speakers in their existing home theaters and if they will be willing to allocate both budget and space to accommodate


On the dts side, they demoed a UHD decoder on a prototype Cirrus Logic DSP board, so they too are probably less than a year away from introducing a consumer Object Audio product:

http://www.dts.com/corporate/press-releases/2014/01/dts-demonstrates-dts-uhd-decoder-using-single-chip-audio-dsp-at-consumer-electronics-show.aspx


Combined with HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 connectivity, a reciever with these 2 codecs would be the most future proof product out there, I would think....but have there been any more rumblings about, say, a new Onkyo flagship including dts UHD and Dolby Atmos HT?
 

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Me too.....I read in the comments section of my first link that Denon/Marantz will be releasing pre/pros in the fall incorporating Dolby Atmos decoding...


HHHNNNGGGGGG!!!
 

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Any more substantial info on the Denon/Marantz pre-pro w/Atmos?


Would this be the successor to the great AVP-A1HDci ?
 

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What about in a receiver?
 

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Originally Posted by M Code  /t/1523297/dolby-atmos-and-or-dts-uhd-receivers-any-more-details#post_24551584


Wait till 2015....


Just my $0.05... 👍😉

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So are you saying they won't be available in 2014 or that a certain product worth waiting for doesn't arrive till next year?


I am willing to wait if its worth it!
 

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So are you saying they won't be available in 2014 or that a certain product worth waiting for doesn't arrive till next year?


I am willing to wait if its worth it!

Their Las Vegas 2014 CE demos were excellent..

But its take significant time to debug, validate and certify the new technologies..

In September, 2014 @ IFA and CEDIA, there will be more demos & hype...

But actual product deliveries will be in 2015..

Also don't forget the software ETAs as well...


Just my $0.05... 👍😉
 

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Originally Posted by M Code  /t/1523297/dolby-atmos-and-or-dts-uhd-receivers-any-more-details#post_24553762


Their Las Vegas 2014 CE demos were excellent..

But its take significant time to debug, validate and certify the new technologies..

In September, 2014 @ IFA and CEDIA, there will be more demos & hype...

But actual product deliveries will be in 2015..

Also don't forget the software ETAs as well...


Just my $0.05... 👍😉


OK gotya
 

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I Keep hearing wait wait wait don't buy anything because Atmos is coming. So I went and read a little about Atmos and it certainly makes sense and is super exciting but from what I've read Atmos is designed to use a lot more speakers...alot more....like minimum on 5 speakers down the side walls, many overheads and such. So that means tens of thousands of dollars in amps, speaker wires and if like me with everything hidden and 3 of my walls being outside walls that trying to run speak cables in the walls will be darn near impossible.


Here is a little something I read recently on Atmos with a Dolby engineer

There are so many different sizes of cinema, can they all use Atmos effectively?

We know Atmos can serve discrete audio to up to 64 speakers, so what’s the minimum speaker configuration for Atmos?



“Well really it’s dependent on the size of the room," explains Goodes. "It’s to do with the angle between the speakers. You wouldn’t want less than five down the side walls, then you’ve got two rows of five on the ceiling and possibly four along the back and you can have only three along the front in a small room. You’ve also got your bass managed subs."

What other technologies are Dolby employing to develop Atmos?

The end game with sound is, of course, the speaker by which it’s ultimately transmitted. With sound dispersion angles being different for different makes of speakers, we asked if they’d collaborated with any of the speaker manufacturers to develop an Atmos-friendly design?


"We’ve worked with companies like JBL, Klipsch, QSC, etc., and for the overheads we typically want a wider dispersion than we normally have on the side or rear wall surround speakers," says Dolby’s Stuart Bowling. "So companies like JBL, Christie and Klipsch have started to design and release specific overhead surround speakers that have that wider dispersion pattern. We like 100˚ x 100˚or greater dispersion pattern. They are also manufacturing those speakers with regards to helping mounting them in ceilings as well."

We also asked what's recommended for cinemas in terms of sub woofers for LFE (low frequency effects) and sub bass response?


“In a theater, typically in the back third, or the sides or the ceiling we put the additional subs, or even on the rear wall for theaters that can’t accommodate those scenarios," says Bowling. "We’ve had theaters that have actually put them behind the screen, but left and right – away from the main LFE. Each configuration, or array, is, understandably, specifically tailored to suit the particular room in which it’s installed."
 

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Originally Posted by mdrums  /t/1523297/dolby-atmos-and-or-dts-uhd-receivers-any-more-details#post_24601762


I Keep hearing wait wait wait don't buy anything because Atmos is coming.
The suggestion to wait is so that you're a better informed consumer when purchasing, especially with CEDIA being a few months away. However, if you're determined to buy something right now, then you should go ahead. It's your money after all.
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So I went and read a little about Atmos and it certainly makes sense and is super exciting but from what I've read Atmos is designed to use a lot more speakers...alot more....like minimum on 5 speakers down the side walls, many overheads and such.
No. Object-based audio (like Atmos) is designed to be rendered to any number of speakers. A set-up with 3 front speakers, 2 surround speakers and 2 overhead height speakers will allow you to hear separation between sounds from your front soundstage vs sounds from around you vs sounds from above you. Not bad for just 7 speakers in a minimal Atmos set-up.
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So that means tens of thousands of dollars in amps, speaker wires and if like me with everything hidden and 3 of my walls being outside walls that trying to run speak cables in the walls will be darn near impossible.
ONLY if you choose to put those obstacles in your own way in order to make it darn near impossible. If you're going to go through that much effort to create problems implemtenting Atmos at home, then you should avoid it altogether and leave it to consumers that actually want it.
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Here is a little something I read recently on Atmos with a Dolby engineer
His answers have to do with Atmos in a professional environment (commercial cinema or dubbing stage). Again, if you find yourself posting information to promote the notion that Atmos will be "darn near impossible" to implement at home, then seriously consider avoiding Atmos when it rolls out to consumers. Since you're already pushing Atmos as a problem, it is definitely not for you.
 

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While we wait for the anticipated 2014.Q2 announcements|details of DTS-UHD (and its likely Dolby Atmos derived competitor "sometime in the future"), our best guesses about the structure of some home theater hybrid channel|object codec might come from looking at Fraunhofer’s Interactive 3D Audio System for TV (link) .

See also this Scott Wilkinson report from the floor of the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas: TWiT Live Specials 197: NAB Show 2014 Part 1 (link) ; play video from 21:21 through 23:45. The Fraunhofer System demonstration appears to be playing 7.1 + 4 Height Channels + 4 Objects audio both on a discrete speaker setup (presumably 7.1 + 4 Heights?) and (alternatively) on a prototype 'flat panel attached' 3Daudio soundframe. (Note that all the objects 'visible' in the demo appear to be of the user-interactive static type.)

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[quote name="sdurani" url="/t/1523297/dolby-atmos-and-or-dts-uhd-receivers-any-more-details#

ONLY if you choose to put those obstacles in your own way in order to make it darn near impossible. If you're going to go through that much effort to create problems implemtenting Atmos at home, then you should avoid it altogether and leave it to consumers that actually want it.

Again, if you find yourself posting information to promote the notion that Atmos will be "darn near impossible" to implement at home, then seriously consider avoiding Atmos when it rolls out to consumers. Since you're already pushing Atmos as a problem, it is definitely not for you.[/quote]


What makes you think I'm against Atmos and am pushing it as a problem? I have a 7.2 system so if Atmos will work with 7.2 great. I'm trying to understand how it will work in a home system by what I've read about its use in commercial. By your reply back to me I'd think you're an angry at my post. Geesh
 

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What makes you think I'm against Atmos and am pushing it as a problem?
Posting that Atmos is "designed to use a lot more speakers...alot more....like minimum on 5 speakers down the side walls, many overheads and such" and that implementing it at home "means tens of thousands of dollars in amps, speaker wires". Who are you trying to scare away?


When Dolby Digital was coming to consumer gear in the mid 1990s, what if I had posted that it would require a Dolby cinema decoder and high powered amps costing "tens of thousands of dollars", and then I quote a Dolby engineer describing commercial cinema installs? Why would I do that when the discussion is about consumer gear?
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By your reply back to me I'd think you're an angry at my post.
I don't even know you, so there was no emotional investment on my part, just correcting some misinformation.
 

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http://www.audioholics.com/audio-technologies/dolby-atmos-for-home-cinema

This from the above caught my eye:


"A Dolby Atmos bitstream will be rendered by the AV-receiver into the number of speakers detected, but if the AV-receiver is not Atmos-capable, Atmos could be decoded by the source (an Atmos-capable player) into LPCM of a given number of channels, presumable up to 32 channels as the latest HDMI 2.0 version specifies."


This is the first time I've seen mention of players having surround decoders; I hope it happens as I want to go processorless using an Oppo.
 

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This is the first time I've seen mention of players having surround decoders;
Doesn't your current BD played decode to LPCM, outputting up to 8 channels?
 

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Posting that Atmos is "designed to use a lot more speakers...alot more....like minimum on 5 speakers down the side walls, many overheads and such" and that implementing it at home "means tens of thousands of dollars in amps, speaker wires". Who are you trying to scare away?


When Dolby Digital was coming to consumer gear in the mid 1990s, what if I had posted that it would require a Dolby cinema decoder and high powered amps costing "tens of thousands of dollars", and then I quote a Dolby engineer describing commercial cinema installs? Why would I do that when the discussion is about consumer gear?

I don't even know you, so there was no emotional investment on my part, just correcting some misinformation.

No you are the one misunderstanding here....I was asking...talking...trying to find out if what I read was true and how Atmos worked....which if I'm understanding correctly from on the other thread going that others are saying Atmos does not work like in a commercial pro theater with a 5.1 or 7.1 speaker set up. But then I read were Dolby says it will work...so this is confusing. I'm not scaring anyone away.


I'm all for new improved technology but try to grasp how it is going to be used in the home. Price points are price points and what the consumer will spend and budget for will not change much if any...not counting the 1%'ers....so AVR's and amps will have to conform to the price point and deliver more amps at the same price. It's going to get even more competitive but I don't think we will see AVR's or AV Processors this year with Atmos do you?
 

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I don't think we will see AVR's or AV Processors this year with Atmos do you?
A recent Audioholics article said that AVRs will be demonstrated at CEDIA in September and are supposed to ship soon after, with prices starting around $1k. Guess we'll find out in a few months.
 
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