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Offline Barry (NJ)

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Atmos planning question, 2 or 4?
« on: August 23, 2019, 10:04:19 AM »
I'm starting my quest for Atmos, and I suppose more is better, but wondering if I'll really get a lot more out of 4 in ceiling speakers than I would with just two(?)
There is really only one row of seating in My Media Room, though my kids will sometimes have a bunch of friends camped out on the floor for a movie.


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Offline Barry (NJ)

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Re: Atmos planning question, 2 or 4?
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2020, 09:23:10 AM »
Well, I went with 4. Now I need to get an AV Receiver that supports 11 channels...


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Re: Atmos planning question, 2 or 4?
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2020, 10:28:55 AM »
Nice, I see you went with projector and screen. I am thinking of a flat screen in my room. Are flat screens really a no-no? O have ideas on how to minimize any adverse acoustical effects. Also I think an equivalent 4k set up with a projector is more expensive.
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Re: Atmos planning question, 2 or 4?
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2020, 12:20:37 PM »
I've been running a PJ for over 15 years now. I prefer the size advantages a PJ offers, and I think the image is great. I'm at about an 11' viewing distance, with a 110" diagonal (8' x 4.5') 16:9 screen. My screen is acoustically transparent, so the speakers can be behind it. I couldn't realistically fit a panel of this size in my room, and the other factor is cost. A $750 HD PJ, and $100 in materials for a DIY Screen, is only $850 for a wonderful 110" image.


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Re: Atmos planning question, 2 or 4?
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2020, 12:22:17 PM »
Screen up...


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Re: Atmos planning question, 2 or 4?
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2020, 05:16:04 PM »
I've been running a PJ for over 15 years now. I prefer the size advantages a PJ offers, and I think the image is great. I'm at about an 11' viewing distance, with a 110" diagonal (8' x 4.5') 16:9 screen. My screen is acoustically transparent, so the speakers can be behind it. I couldn't realistically fit a panel of this size in my room, and the other factor is cost. A $750 HD PJ, and $100 in materials for a DIY Screen, is only $850 for a wonderful 110" image.


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Very nice, Barry. Great diy  :thumb:
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Re: Atmos planning question, 2 or 4?
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2020, 02:42:49 PM »
Barry what receivers or pre amp are you considering using for your Atmos setup?  I am enjoying the Auro 3D upmixer for music. 

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Re: Atmos planning question, 2 or 4?
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2020, 08:52:50 AM »
I'm looking at Marantz receivers. They have pre-outs for all channels, and post 2017 models, allow for reassignment of the internal amplifiers. This will allow me to get 11 channels from their 9 channel receivers, keeping my front L&R still isolated from the HT as I do now...


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Probably need to sell my current Emotiva UMC-200 Pre-Pro, and one of my Audio Alchemy OM150 amplifiers to help finance the receiver. But also looking forward to lessening the number of pieces needed to run the system, as I'll be swapping 4 pieces of equipment for 1.
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Re: Atmos planning question, 2 or 4?
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2020, 01:55:58 PM »
Barry before you leap you may find some of these Marantz and Denon reviews helpful.

https://audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?pages/Audio_Equipment_Reviews/



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Re: Atmos planning question, 2 or 4?
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2020, 02:32:41 PM »
Thanks Rick!
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