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Friday
Dec302016

Adding a bit of ATMOSphere

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. 

Addendums. 

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

PURCHASING
Marantz NR1607 Slim AV Receiver - AMAZON
   
PSB Imagine XA Atmos Speakers - AMAZON
   
Banana Plug Terminated speaker cable from Amazon
   
Atmos demo disc from eBay
Here's a link to the PSB Website 
Here's a link to the Marantz Website
PSB range also available in the UK from Sevenoakes Sound & Vision 

 

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. 

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Reader Comments (11)

I love your comments about...comments.;) Don´t worry about it, it´s useless, people love to be against everything. Happy new year!

January 8, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterchorondus

Hi Mat,
Great mini-review.
I'd love to hear a more in-depth review on the 1607 when you have used it for a while. I have the 1501 and find it a bit quirky and wonder if I should upgrade to the 1607or go for the thin Yamaha.

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered Commenteral

Hi Matt...do these speakers have to be specific distance from walls for acoustics ..I.e. my Mordaunt Shorts need to be about 12inch from a wall for the rear bass port to work well....cheers J.

January 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohnboy

No, they even come with wall brackets on the back, so you can screw them to the wall if required.

January 16, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Apparently these are no longer available...

January 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGert van der Does

Just out of stock. PSB is a Canadian company - Sevenoaks HiFi in the UK imported them and sold them through Amazon...and they've sold out. I'd expect they'll have ordered some more, and they're in a shipping container somewhere between Canada and the UK...but if they decided not to restock, PSB are still in operation.

January 18, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I've been looking for an AV amp with analogue audio out for a while (for a cassette deck), but never found one. Richer Sounds said that doesn't exist, if I want analogue audio out I can't have HDMI these days.

I just noticed that your old Yamaha has audio out on the back. I just got very excited ...but a quick Google shows it's discontinued 8^(

January 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatthias

If you're looking for great sounding speakers, i ican recommend the KEF LS50.
To the guy with the NR1501... yea the NR1607 is much better, the hardware and software on the digital board is not comparable !
Mayby there is a way to try it at home ? I'd recommend that.
Oh and don't spend to much on those crazy expensive hdmi cables. It's not worth the money imho. Those with heavy connectors weighing on the pretty fragile hdmi connector should be avoided.

January 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAuthor

I have a NR 1506 (5.1 output, no sub trigger port) and the remote control is pretty much the same. like you, is was disappointed that it wasn't back lit. However, I accidentally discovered why the "white" buttons are the way they are - they are actually phosphorescent. They aren't very bright, and with the TV on you can't really notice it, but after turning everything off in the living room at night you'll see them glow in the dark. So there you have it - as long as you don't keep it in a drawer it will always work without using any power from the batteries.

February 2, 2017 | Unregistered Commenteranon

@Matthias - Why can't you use the Zone 2 pre-amp output the NR1606 to connect to your tape deck? This would allow you to select any input to be sent to the tape deck without affecting the main zone sound playback.

April 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I'd love to hear a more in-depth review on the 1607 when you have used it for a while. thanks for sharing such a nice info.

May 13, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersmith @ led display

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