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  1. One extra feature. 5 thousand bucks!!! That's the ridiculous price tag I have come to realise for my own circumstance in order to add Dolby and DTS 3D audio. It's out of the question and it makes me pretty unhappy that I have to force myself to ignore the want. Sure, if I was a high income earner I'd be dedicated to spend that and maybe even more - because I want it!! Alas, my family deserve me to spend the money on them and not another set of home theatre upgrades. Now let me explain why I put a 5 grand price on this. Before hand though, I might just add that I have ZERO interest in adding Dolby Vision, HDMI 2.1, HDCP 2.2 video switching features, am totally happy feeding HDMI cables to the TV with the video and one HDMI from the SONY X800 to the pre-amp for audio as I currently do with just one toslink coming back from the TV digital output when using Foxtel, Chromecast or inbuilt TV apps. I know I will get these extra benefits with any new components but it's not a value to me I would choose to pay extra for because we like having just the TV on from time to time ya know, don't need 1000W to watch TV. I currently run 7.1 with all VAF speakers and have an old but high quality Integra pre-amp DCH 9.9 , 1x Yamaha receiver ( RX-V1) used for 5 ch power and 1 x Yamaha (RX-V3000) for surround back power, so I do not wish to spend money and go backwards on quality, there's the biggest problem. How do I upgrade just one feature for a fair price without going backwards. Sure, I could get a Black Friday special 7.2 ch AV receiver for maybe a grand and run 5.1.2 ( boring) and there's my ATMOS> No thanks, those entry level or even mid level units are a step backwards in power and quality of power. What really upsets me is that these low to mid tier units do not have pre-outs OR if they do have pre-outs they never have enough pre-outs. If you want 7.1.4 the manufacturers FORCE you into the very high end receiver market or the separates market and you need 3 grand plus JUST TO ADD ATMOS to an existing capable 7.1 system. Why can't they make a sub $1000 receiver with low power amps or just 7 or 9 channels but at least have 11 channel pre-outs? If I am going to do something I am going to do it right, that means 7.1.4 and that means my cheapest option is the Marantz SR 6013 plus my existing RX-V1 to drive at least 2 channels. ( id probably drive 5 from it ). It also means I need 2 sets of quality height speakers ( $2 k ) and accessories, 5 k all up. I know a lot of people would say get cheaper speakers but I don't want the new feature to be the low point, from what I have read I would not be happy with 2 height channels either and best to go 4 up top? Sorry if my whining is hard to understand. I just can't play with the big boys like I was hoping to.
  2. after experiencing the demo at audio trends showcasing atmos using their marantz AV8802 processor and MK system in their main room. It definitely has my interest. Have noticed have a few discs even that are Atmos capable. with American Sniper, Unbroken and transformers edge of extinction, Gravity diamond edition. and more recently the atmos demo disc (same as what audio trends played). So now exploring Atmos options for my room. One of the dilemmas are the other 3D audio formats…Auro3D and DTS-X. DTS-X is yet to be released as such but one thing to get head around is a speaker setup that would suit all these 3D sound formats. So far have narrowed down to adding 4 height speakers to my 7.1 setup…as per the dolby site, http://www.dolby.com/us/en/guide/dolby-atmos-speaker-setup/7-1-4-setups.html and the guidelines http://www.dolby.com/us/en/technologies/dolby-atmos/dolby-atmos-home-theater-installation-guidelines.pdf for L&R Top front overhead & L&R Top Rear overhead speakers and then for Auro3D a "Voice of God" VOG speaker. directly above the main listening position. leading to 5 height speakers in all which takes up all available outputs on the marantz processor so that speaker locations for atmos/Auro3D taken care off…DTS-X we are yet to have confirmation but the understanding is …it is speaker location agnostic…so will use what ever you have…anyways time will tell. anyone else got Atmos setup or considering Atmos and other 3D audio format support ?
  3. For quite some years have been very happy with 7.1 audio on my system...actually remember the thrill I got adding back rears going from 5.1 to 7.1 so with some eagerness I look forward to 3D audio ...Atmos, DTS-X and Auro3D. the first step in this was procuring a marantz av8802 and getting the auro3D upgrade and then the A upgrade to unlock DTS-X. but thats not enough a lot more is needed...need additional amplification...which I did with a new addition to the family an Elektra Theatre HD2 !
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