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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was? 197

Posted by Soulskill
from the audiophiles-despair dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Object-based audio is supposed to be the future of surround sound. The ability to pan sound around the room in 3D space as opposed to fixed channel assignments of yesterday's decoders. While this makes a lot of sense at the cinema, it's less likely consumers rush to mount speakers on their ceilings or put little speaker modules on top of their existing ones to bounce sound around the room. Leading experts think this will be just a fad like 3DTV was. What do you think?
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

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  • What do I think? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Frosty Piss (770223) * on Saturday August 16, 2014 @07:03PM (#47686477)

    I think: "File Not Found".

    Bad linky...

  • 3DTV a fad? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jd2112 (1535857) on Saturday August 16, 2014 @07:48PM (#47686645)
    That would imply that it was popular at some point.
  • by anthony_greer (2623521) on Saturday August 16, 2014 @08:01PM (#47686687)

    I love good sound, i would be willing to drop 5x or more on sound what a TV costs, but i don't, ya know why? cause I now have the cash but don't see any high end content. I am locked to Comcast which means shit audio streams even on HBO and other high end channels, netflix is better but not much. For music, a 40 year old tech, CD, is still king because all of the streaming and download services, like my choice, Google Music, all are over compressed and bitstarved.

    Blue Ray, DVD-A, SA-CD and any other truly good sounding form of content delivery seem to be flopping because they are tied to physical media.We need high end streaming and downloadable content but this will never happen as long as people can be tricked into thinking Beats and other poorly configured experiances are somehow "good".

  • Pssssh (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gman003 (1693318) on Saturday August 16, 2014 @08:23PM (#47686771)

    It's not even a fad - it's dead on arrival. Most people don't even use 5.1 speakers. Hell, most don't even use 2.1. Anything that requires that much dedication of the room to audio is not going to sell to the mass market. Period.

    3D TV at least had a vague hope of succeeding in the mass market. If they can ditch the glasses, they might actually succeed. But people are lazy and don't want to put any effort into their mindless entertainment. Putting glasses on to watch a movie was too much for them. Do you really think setting up a shitload of speakers all around the room is going to pass?

  • by lgw (121541) on Saturday August 16, 2014 @08:33PM (#47686813) Journal

    I have 2 speakers. It's the right setup. Center channel is clear, since they have good stereo imaging and each "object" in the front stage sounds like it comes from right where the mixer put it - you don't need more than 2 speakers when your listening positions are close together. (Well, unless it's a badly mixed movie and you can't hear voices over the noise, in which case being able to boost the center channel would actually help a lot).

    As far as the rear? I bothered with rear speakers for years - what a waste. Nothing but noise there. The novelty of hearing a chopper fly over gets old fast. My living room is cluttered enough without that crap.

  • by JoeyRox (2711699) on Saturday August 16, 2014 @09:21PM (#47686955)
    1080 HD and 5.1 audio are more than adequate for immersive viewing experiences. Most don't need or want more and even if they did they're certainly now willing to pay for it.
  • by Chas (5144) on Saturday August 16, 2014 @11:32PM (#47687423) Homepage Journal

    Paul,

    When has DRM seriously hindered anyone (but legitimate consumers) from accessing desired content?

  • by iluvcapra (782887) on Sunday August 17, 2014 @12:45AM (#47687577)

    This is why I suspect Dolby Atmos will never be put on a consumer format.

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