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Dude is not my cup of tea anyway. I prefer the term' Audio enthusiast' or home theater lovers myself.

Atmos is much better than 5.1 when done right in my view. I do however agree with Elliot Scheiner; most Atmos mixes are being done by inexperienced engineers who have never dealt with surround sound before. Many I am disappointed by. I find alot are almost great but need tweaking, which I can not do. Most of my favourite mixing engineers now have Atmos studios so that is great for the future.
That should be expected. It was the same situation when quad was nascent...there was a learning curve, and I expect the same with Atmos.
 

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I'm just gonna say this: I think the biggest reason we get bad mixes is the perpetuation that Dolby Atmos is designed for headphones and is just an extension of stereo. All the info on the net just doesn't help for any new mixer.

The only reason I didn't fall into this trap is because my brain went, "well what's the point of having these speakers if you aren't gonna use it?"
 

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I'm just gonna say this: I think the biggest reason we get bad mixes is the perpetuation that Dolby Atmos is designed for headphones and is just an extension of stereo. All the info on the net just doesn't help for any new mixer.

The only reason I didn't fall into this trap is because my brain went, "well what's the point of having these speakers if you aren't gonna use it?"
Yeah, I thought he got the headphone thing right. That's about all I hear too, wide stereo. And he might have been better served doing some Atmos on BD-A instead of streaming services, as he seemed to miss the hi res that he gets with stereo.
 

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I haven't quite caught up with Mr Barfle but I'm 71. Good days and bad days, you just do it sometimes I guess because you need to.
I admire all you other old farts that just do stuff instead of bitching about it....or even just doing it AND bitching about it... also completely understand the physical challenges many of us now face doing things we never would have even thought about in younger days. So it goes.
All I can say is that I selected parents based on longevity, among other factors. Both are deep in their 90s with no end in sight. Mom keeps hurting herself gardening, but strangely, she heals and goes back to work.

Of course, they are now somewhat dependent on me, which delays my own projects (I have so many projects in my house that I refer to it as “The Projects”). I expect to have the second rack in place this week, which probably means it will be next month. 🤪
 

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I'm just gonna say this: I think the biggest reason we get bad mixes is the perpetuation that Dolby Atmos is designed for headphones and is just an extension of stereo. All the info on the net just doesn't help for any new mixer.

The only reason I didn't fall into this trap is because my brain went, "well what's the point of having these speakers if you aren't gonna use it?"
Steve Guttenberg shows some "atmos enabled" speakers on the pictures. And some streaming Atmos mixes. This is not a way to "demo" or to understand the potential for good mixes.

If he had tried, say, Yello -Point, from Blu-ray in a 7.1.4 (at least) good discrete speakers installation, he would have spoken differently, I suppose. Unless he wants to keep elevating the stereo above everything else.

BUT.... we have also to understand that very very very very few of us have, at least, good 7.1.4 discrete speakers (not reflecting "enabled Atmos").

We have to thank that there are some mixers that mix Atmos for us to enjoy on our 7.1.4 systems. 9.1.4 in my case, and I really enjoy when Atmos objects are at about 70º and my Wides are firing to get a brilliant wide sound stage. Say this to the people or mixers that use headphones...
 

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Sigh. Once again I find Guttenbergs testing methods questionable. He didn't get quad, poo poo'd it off the start, never was a surround music fan, uses crappy upmix methods incorporated into older AVR's as examples and is just generally full of shit.
Except on one point.
I find his arguments about imaging and listener's ability to discern differences in mixes fairly credible. Many listeners -present company excluded of course- never sit down and really listen to the music. I myself have fallen into that listening mode myself at times, thinking well crap another crappy mix. But when later relaxed listens with my mind not whirling about life's insistent hammering at my skull, to find those same mixes to be quite better than I initially thought.

One I suppose, could argue that one should not have to be in a "listening mode" to fully appreciate all aspects of imaging and presentation of the sound field, it should just be obvious. If said, I would dismiss that as a fallacy right off. How many mixes have you listened to, that over time you realize are much more than you initially thought, including of course stereo?

It's all subjective, of course, and he can argue for whatever he wants with all the descriptive words he wants to throw at surround in general or Atmos in particular.
However I take umbrage at the (implied) belittling of Atmos encoded music/fans, passing it all off as if we're a bunch of neophytes jumping to the "next best thing". He can kiss my old, uh, Atmos system.

Note: I made it about half way through the video, was all I could stand. So shoot me.
 

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Oh my, who could ever have imagined that Atmos would require a different mix? :eek:
A setup job by Steve in which he did one hell of a job slamming Atmos while at the same time sounding like he was praising it. Or was it vise versa? Did we expect anything different.
He's still a Stereo guy, BIG SURPRISE.

Note: I made it about half way through the video, was all I could stand. So shoot me.
BANG LOL
 
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Oh my, who could ever have imagined that Atmos would require a different mix? :eek:
A setup job by Steve in which he did one hell of a job slamming Atmos while at the same time sounding like he was praising it. Or was it vise versa? Did we expect anything different.
He's still a Stereo guy, BIG SURPRISE.


BANG LOL
Got me!

He's just another old dude stuck in the 70's. I can hear refrains of 'if it was good enough for Pop it's good enough for me". lol.

Truth is, as we all know, a lot of people just don't get surround/immersive music. Just the way it is, and I'm cool with that. But if you don't understand it then just STFU and quit wasting everyone's time explaining what you don't understand.
 

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I love it! All surround sound... Because as a musician, many times you can hear all the parts/instruments in their completion, without being covered up in a stereo mix. However, It also give you greater appreciation for some of the great stereo mixes.
I switch between ATMOS 5.1.2 with front height and 7.1 ear level. So glad I found this forum. Thank you for being here!
 

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Got me!

He's just another old dude stuck in the 70's. I can hear refrains of 'if it was good enough for Pop it's good enough for me". lol.

Truth is, as we all know, a lot of people just don't get surround/immersive music. Just the way it is, and I'm cool with that. But if you don't understand it then just STFU and quit wasting everyone's time explaining what you don't understand.
Oh so true! But all people like Steve get YouTube hits by being controversial…not just with audio…and that’s what they seek. Hey, we all like to hear ourselves talk once in a while. Just like me with this post…😜

Seriously, we like to bash sound bars on this forum. But if that’s all someone can afford, all the spouse will allow (key), or all they want to be bothered with, then fine. Enjoy what they have. (Did I say that sometimes I like hearing myself talk? 🤣🤣🤣)
 

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I love it! All surround sound... Because as a musician, many times you can hear all the parts/instruments in their completion, without being covered up in a stereo mix. However, It also give you greater appreciation for some of the great stereo mixes.
I switch between ATMOS 5.1.2 with front height and 7.1 ear level. So glad I found this forum. Thank you for being here!
Welcome Sonny! Let’s hear more from you.
 

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I love it! All surround sound... Because as a musician, many times you can hear all the parts/instruments in their completion, without being covered up in a stereo mix. However, It also give you greater appreciation for some of the great stereo mixes.
I switch between ATMOS 5.1.2 with front height and 7.1 ear level. So glad I found this forum. Thank you for being here!
Credit goes to Jon Urban, who started this forum in the early 2000's. I hardly think he ever had a clue the forum would grow as huge as it has. But I credit him, intentional or happy accident for the great forum we have today full of mostly like minded folks about music. Jon has retired from the forum and it is now being administered by different folks, but most of the moderators have been here a long time.
And....welcome to the forum! Glad to have you here.
 
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