You're not the only one!
In a way, I wish I shared that point of view.
I still have to rationalize most expenditures as worthwhile...
You're not the only one!
Live your life the way you want to live it! Live it!R Johnson & BP1Fanatic,
Fellows I guess I can say fellows .............
When I say the next things they are meant as just information and the way I/We actually are.
These comments are not meant to come across as me being, clever, cute, a wise-ass etc.
So here goes and if you do follow me on AVS you already know I post just like I was talking to someone in person, Face-to-Face.
At 74-years old and my wife now 65 (She still works) and once again below is what we do and don't do in regards to spending monies.
We don't do or have the following, smoke, alcoholic drinking, elaborate vacations, super huge home, dining-out, recreation-drugs, sports, boats, motorcycles, four-wheeler's, and in our case per our decision no-children I think that gives you the general idea.
So, what we do and live our lives is often referred to by some people as, Home-Bodies and that's just fine by us.
We have also been married to one another 35-Years plus.
We have new cars and the custom-home-theater and that's where we choose to spend Large-Sums-of-Money.
(Plus the House we live in)
As I said I post as if we guys were sitting in my Home Theater talking to one another, right guys ???
Me spending the monies for the Atmos system I have No-Doubt to some is a Super-Huge-Expense and I'll add simply not necessary to some.
But and the following is the Bottom-Line ..........
If we don't live our lives now and do the few things we do enjoy who then is going to eventually end up spending what we have worked for ???
We are not going to not do what we do wish to do.
To end up being sorry one-day we didn't do what we wanted to.
Maybe I have said above enough on why we do what we do that makes sense to anyone reading the above I certainly hope so.
rontalley,Live your life the way you want to live it! Live it!
My wife would divorce me immediately so I’m jealous to say the least.
My Atmos upgrade cost me about $2,000 and I thought that was reasonable.
Hmm! An Audio Rs and Atmos! Sounds to me the wife is owed a nice dinner and movie with full accolades (for it being her idea) on her stepping in with the voice of reason
Guys,I’ll bet you’ll get more hours of enjoyment out of the Atmos speakers than yet another new car!
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This is what I didn't post above ..............
The below 2019 Audi RS-3 I special ordered I very-very much was considering trading it in on the New 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette.
The Atmos system Won-Out as you have read and now you know that to me it was so much less costly than me doing the Corvette that it was simply not all that big a deal, to me.
Glad you decided to keep the Audi and go Atmos!!
I finally found the time to reply to Terry's detailed post about his upcoming Atmos installation. (Post #432 on Page 15.)
I'm the Tom Cochran from San Antonio he refers to in the opening of that post. Indeed, Terry and I have a long and wonderful history together, ever since he sent me that Shell gas card out of the blue, saying "Tom, I want the first tank of gas you put into your new 2008 Bullitt Mustang to be on me."
Over the past 12 years I have been to his house several times and we have attended together many car events, both car shows and dragstrip racing (he always wins!)
With regard to cars both Terry and I are probably considered financial idiots by most people as we have traded in and out of cars as if they were coins or stamps. Both of us currently own 2019 Audi RS3s, compact sedan hot-rods that have the performance of supercars just five years ago. Although we may be idiots we do know how to have FUN!
I had to laugh when Terry called me to say he was considering trading the Audi RS3 for a 2020 mid-engine Corvette. There is a high likelihood that I said something like, "Are you a raving lunatic!" Even though I understand Terry's desire to have the latest and greatest and sometimes the most expensive item this idea blew my mind. Fortunately he came to his senses after talking with Cathy, his wife, and decided to go Atmos instead.
Lifetime Love of Home Theater:
Now, getting back to the discussion of home theater: Once Terry and I discovered we both have a virtual lifetime love of all things related to audio/visual our telephone conversations became marathons of detailed sharing.
My introduction to beautiful sound began over 60 years ago when my dad bought a Fisher President console in the mid-1950s. That roughly 200-pound monster had a Garrard stereo turntable, a reel-to-reel stereo tape deck, a tuner, big speakers, and a massive tube amplifier. It produced music which was heavenly for the time. (See attached Photo)
Through the years we have seen and owned just about every technological advance that came along, going from 78-rpm records, 33-1/3 stereo, CDs, lived through the VHS/Betamax war, quadraphonic, laser discs, up to all the latest tech including 4K, HDR, Dolby Vision, Blu-Rays, and now streaming and Atmos.
My introduction to Atmos was about 5 years ago when my brother and I listened to a demo at Bjorn's, San Antonio's best high-end A/V store. Over the past 20 years we have both bought all our A/V gear from Bjorn's, a fantastic business with a great selection of all things home theater and a well-trained sales and service staff. (See attached Photo)
The demo was in their very expensive Ultimate Home Theater room and included B&W in-ceiling speakers. At that time there was precious little Atmos material available but I still remember the two movies used: "Gravity" and "American Sniper." I liked what Atmos did with the sound on Atmos material. (See attached Photo)
But, when we demoed the upmixing of non-Atmos material neither my brother nor I were happy with what we heard. With so little Atmos available it seemed a waste of money to install it at the time. Also, it was the early days so we didn't know if Atmos for the home would be around in the future or if it would just disappear like so many past technologies.
Fast forward a few years and it became clear that Atmos was here to stay and a lot more material was available. Bjorn's hosted a night for customers to hear all of the speakers and systems from the company SVS. It was a terrific night with great demos including a big room setup for Atmos using the SVS Prime Elevation speakers on the ceiling. I was very positively impressed with the demo and pleasantly surprised to hear that the relatively small and inexpensive SVS speakers could fill the room with good sound.
In 2018 I decided to upgrade most of my Home Theater components and go ahead with the installation of Atmos. (I will discuss my Atmos system further down.)
Terry's Atmos Project:
I have been in Terry's Home Theater several times over the years, but not since he did the upgrades with the JVC Laser Projector and other items. Believe me folks, it is a fabulous experience to see and hear in person. I bowed down in respect. (See attached Photo)
The quality of the sound and video was terrific. We watched many movies and listened to some music Blu-Rays including the brilliantly done "Black & White Night" with Roy Orbison. The place was truly rocking and rolling (remember he has 4 big subwoofers.)
I am excited that Terry is now going to have Atmos installed as I am convinced it will be a worthwhile addition to his HT enjoyment. Since I have now had Atmos for about 18 months I have been able to share with Terry the difference it has made. The best way to enjoy Atmos is, of course, with hard discs. Streaming with Atmos is also pretty good. Upmixing of non-Atmos material is still behind the curve but has improved over time and does still add to making the sound envelope bigger.
On many occasions I have taken a 4K Atmos disc to my brother's house to listen on his excellent, but non-Atmos, system. When I get back home I will then listen to a few scenes on my system and there is no doubt that Atmos adds a lot: The sound envelope is bigger, the placement of sound within that envelope is more realistic, and for a reason I don't understand it has added to the quality of my bass.
I have been sharing my experiences with Terry ever since I had it installed. He well remembers when my brother came over to my house and listened to my new system. He told Terry something like, "Wow, Terry, the sound is phenomenal."
Terry has decided to go all out with Atmos, much as he does with other projects. When looking at the details of his project I can only think it is going to be the Ultimate, Best-in-the-World type of system. Those custom-built Triad speakers (6 of them) should be KILLER! I am really looking forward to hearing what he thinks after the install and he slaps the Dolby Atmos Demo Disc into his player. Is he being a "Lunatic" with regard to costs? Perhaps, but this world is a better place for having some eccentric lunatics in it as far as I am concerned.
My Atmos System:
When I decided to do Atmos I really did not want to spend a lot of money as I was already digging deep to buy a new television, receiver, speakers, and an amplifier to drive my bi-amped B&W left and right speakers plus the Center channel. The Denon AVR amplifiers drive the four surround and four Atmos speakers.
So, having heard the SVS Prime Elevation speakers I went with 4 of them at $250 each in white. (See attached Photo) Installation and speaker cables added about $1000. (See attached Photo)
I am very happy with the improvement a comparatively budget Atmos addition has made to my home theater. It shows, I believe, that one can have a good Atmos system for a small expenditure: About $2000 if one alaready has a processor or AVR which can handle the additional channels and if one doesn't need another amplifier to drive them.
At the other end of the spectrum is what Terry has decided to do. Terry has the budget to go all out to match his other top-of-the-line components. Also, his room is bigger than mine. And let's not forget the joy of owning the best that there is.
I completely understand this and applaud Terry for doing what most of us can only dream of. It will be a real pleasure to listen to what Terry has to say. And I am hoping that I will be able to go visit him again and see his new JVC Laser Projector and hear the new Triad system.
Congratulations Terry for the superb Atmos project you have put together and for the very detailed description of what is coming.
Old Tom, your San Antonio buddy.
P.S. I have added details of my Home Theater to my signature.
I got a Roku Ultra a few months ago and it was very easy to install. I use it in my theater and I like it a lot better then my Fire Cube in my Living room. I have Google Mini in my theater and can some functions by giving it commands like got Roku or YouTube TV.
Ladeback,I got a Roku Ultra a few months ago and it was very easy to install. I use it in my theater and I like it a lot better then my Fire Cube in my Living room. I have Google Mini in my theater and can some functions by giving it commands like got Roku or YouTube TV.