Why is everyone so jazzed about ATMOS?

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I am revisiting my initial review on this title. I have the 2 disc version of 3D and I am reviewing the Blu-ray Atmos.
I have made significant upgrades to my system in the last year:
Identical drivers in the main 5 channels.
Separate amplifiers for each channel including one for the 4 Atmos. This allowed me to significantly increase volume of the Atmos speakers.
A subwoofer in each corner (5.4.4)
I also received recommendations from forum members on the frequencies reproduced by the Atmos speakers (thank you)
I experimented and discovered that my previous high crossover point was reducing some percussive effects from the Atmos speakers.
The additional subwoofers in the rear of the room really make a difference. They seem to accentuate sound coming from the rear Atmos speakers.
The final change I made was to pick a day when no one was around so I could "pump up the volume"
This made a huge difference as well. I think you really need the onslaught of sound pressure to make this release work.
Final thoughts...changing vote from 7 to a 9.
 

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I listen to all stereo through the dsp on my Yamaha.
Generally the "Dolby surround" is best. It centers the vocals and everything else stays in stereo with very minor effects from the surrounds. Old records sound great this way too. It widens the soundstage nicely.
Just wanted to add a little about the "Dolby surround" setting on my Yamaha. It also engages the 4 Presence/Atmos speakers.
When I play well recorded stereo (MSFL, DCC, SACD, 1st press UK vinyl) I get nice effects coming from the presence & surround speakers.
Lesser quality selections play back pretty much as 3 channel stereo.
 

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I just don't get it. I haven't heard anything that i thought was THAT much better by adding ATMOS to the mix. And it certainly doesn't warrant the expense of more speakers and the hassle of more wires etc. To each his own but I'll pass.
I am going to add my little twist (The Gear) to this fascinating subject. I have read the 8 pages here and really enjoyed everyone's comments. Here we are just shy of a year from Bob's start of thread and I feel like things have certainly evolved towards the positive in Atmos favor.
I agree with all those that are skeptic that say, what's the point for added work, money and not a good return on that money and work, while others say I love hearing what is being released so far, some of it weak and some of it awesome.
I feel exactly as all you do.
My twist:, however I am a gearhead, and as I am planning my Atmos room, getting closer now, the super fun part is adding more gear and layout. It is a big challenge to plan this layout, not wanting to make a mistake, the seating and ceiling speaker layout, the choice of ceiling speakers, room EQ,, dedicated amp for ceiling speakers, more wires and cables, super fun and exciting for me to research and plan my gear to the point that when I'm done and I come away and say, it's not that great, I still would have immensely enjoyed the fun I had with the gear.
With this new situation I am going to I will be doing room treatment for the first time in my life, scares me to death, it can look so ugly, but I am convinced it is very important, just hope I can find a visual balance.
I agree with others, that if i wasn't moving my rig from my livingroom to a bedroom (dedicated listening space) what I be as excited about adding height speakers, hmm?,maybe not, but my whole life I seem to always advance with my listening machine, so I really don't know.
As a hobbyist the most fun I have always had with different hobbys is the playing with them, more then looking or listening with them.
 

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I am going to add my little twist (The Gear) to this fascinating subject. I have read the 8 pages here and really enjoyed everyone's comments. Here we are just shy of a year from Bob's start of thread and I feel like things have certainly evolved towards the positive in Atmos favor.
I agree with all those that are skeptic that say, what's the point for added work, money and not a good return on that money and work, while others say I love hearing what is being released so far, some of it weak and some of it awesome.
I feel exactly as all you do.
My twist:, however I am a gearhead, and as I am planning my Atmos room, getting closer now, the super fun part is adding more gear and layout. It is a big challenge to plan this layout, not wanting to make a mistake, the seating and ceiling speaker layout, the choice of ceiling speakers, room EQ,, dedicated amp for ceiling speakers, more wires and cables, super fun and exciting for me to research and plan my gear to the point that when I'm done and I come away and say, it's not that great, I still would have immensely enjoyed the fun I had with the gear.
With this new situation I am going to I will be doing room treatment for the first time in my life, scares me to death, it can look so ugly, but I am convinced it is very important, just hope I can find a visual balance.
I agree with others, that if i wasn't moving my rig from my livingroom to a bedroom (dedicated listening space) what I be as excited about adding height speakers, hmm?,maybe not, but my whole life I seem to always advance with my listening machine, so I really don't know.
As a hobbyist the most fun I have always had with different hobbys is the playing with them, more then looking or listening with them.
Thanks Mark, hopefully some of us can learn from your experiences here; I feel the room acoustics/treatment would be the most difficult for us non-pros. Have you researched any kind of moveable panels etc?
 

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Thanks Mark, hopefully some of us can learn from your experiences here; I feel the room acoustics/treatment would be the most difficult for us non-pros. Have you researched any kind of moveable panels etc?
Lots of DYI on YouTube or a company that I have studied is GKI Acoustics. They have panels with art work which is nice. It seems to me that two bass traps at front corners, changes wall to a 45 degree vs a 90 and a right and left panel at first point of reflection from the two front main speakers is the basics, then if needed a diffuser panel at rear wall to scatter sound waves. Of course it is more advanced than just that, but from a visual point of view it could be that.
 
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