QUOTE(gkl83 @ Sep 6 2018, 09:46 PM)
Sorry for misleading, should rephrase Atmos found on those higher models (7.1 and above)
Hardly walk in into video shop as dont have disc player and source for video contents from internet
Usually the video file name will stated the content type and no aware any "atmos" on the filename, i guess without atmos if not stated.
Yup, i did research after my posts. Before the research, concerned that the new receiver investment may not able to last longer if atmos movie limited for atmos receiver. that is what happened recently that latest video source cannot pass thru my old receiver.
that why i play safe and though of atmos in the first place.
beside of space, actually i limited myself to minimize the investment of AV, that why stick to 5.1 setup only.
because family always come first and planned for some other investment too.
I bought Yamaha 485, the rear surround speaker can be configure as "virtual front cinema". at least can use the speaker for other purposes.
You need to check the specs of the file to be sure if atmos is supported, can't just rely on the filename.
I have to say that video formats seems to be worst offenders when it comes to backward compatibility!! Audio not so much. I won't worry that the audio format will go obsolete as much as video format. With atmos you now have practically 360° coverage, well except for your bottom!! I see diminishing returns have with more channels and not very practical for normal homes.
The good thing with smaller spaces is that your speakers can be smaller too!! You won't need as much power and cost less. Sure your front and center can be beefy, but your other speakers can be cheap. Those are for effects only anyway. Heck you can get away wth RM50 2-4inch speakers.
If budget is a concern then get 2nd hand or older generation. Heck by chance I got into atmos setup and have been enjoying it since. No regrets. Nevermind that I don't have dts-x, most use atmos anyway. No hdr or dv? My tv don't support them and can't afford to change. But I'm still enjoying what I have!! Audio tech is pretty stable the way I see it and video at this point it is a never ending race. People on a shoestring budget will have to play on a different level.