One of my big wishes for 2016 was to add Atmos sound to my home cinema...I just about managed to squeeze it in at the end of the year.
First I must have done a very bad job in the video of getting across the Atmos experience. So let me try again.
I really like my Atmos system. It sounds very very good. It's much better than my old system. The sound feels like it's coming from all around. "It feels like I'm in the middle of a bubble of sound".
Now my comments in the video were about expectations vs reality. I expected to be able to identify exactly where a sound was coming from...imagine someone dropping a coin upstairs on a wooden floor. In reality with just a couple of speakers that type of directional focus just isn't achievable...it also woundn't be achievable with four speakers as sound dissipates like a cone..rather than focusses like a laser. So whilst the sound comes from all around...it won't make you duck. It is though...and I repeat...it is, very good and much better than 5.1
Lots of weird questions and comments on this one...so I best post the info here, so as not to get the same comments again.
Q) What's my ceiling made of, is it reflective?
A) It's made of plaster - Reflective Atmos needs a hard surface to reflect off...so my ceiling is perfect..but who has a soft ceiling anyway unless you live in a tent (this is an odd question if you think about it).
Q) Wouldn't it be better with four Atmos speakers rather than two.
A) Yes...but probably only a tiny bit (according to a few reviews I've read) and it would add approx £1000 to the cost (an amp with 2 more channels out and two new speakers & stands) - and there's also the small issue of me not having this money, not having room for a bigger amp and and not having room for additional rear speakers. Don't worry too much about my precise situation...I'm demonstrating a technology, not asking anyone to move in.
Q) Some question about cinemas in the uk, or how cinemas are now better etc
A) I don't like the whole going to the cinema process, that's just me, no judgement on your choices, glad you like it. At my age I need to pause every film three times to go to the loo...this would annoy people in cinemas, well it would if they ever looked up from their phones and rustling sweet packets.