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From the Forums: Limited budget: Atmos Speakers vs New Projector - what would you do?

Sound vs Vision

by Mark Hodgkinson Jul 18, 2015 at 7:21 AM

  • Given the choice between spending money on new speakers and an AVR for Atmos and DTS:X or buying a new projector, what would you do?
    The new immersive home cinema audio formats, i.e. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, are incredibly enticing but present some issues in terms of installation.

    We know many of our members are really keen on getting in on this new wave of immersive audio but getting the overhead speakers, as well as the extra height channels, might just be a step too far in the average living room. Or is it? As there are in-wall/in-ceiling options, as well as up-firing speaker solutions, that can help soften the aesthetic blow and minimise cable issues.

    AVForums member, porscheman, is currently facing the dilemma of changing his AV Receiver and poses the question – ‘5.1.4 - would you do it?’ to our estimable Forum members and wants to know if it’s all worth the bother or will just ‘plain old’ 5.1 HD audio be enough?

    As porscheman points out, money doesn’t grow on trees and would it be more sensible to have lossless HD 5.1 audio system, and a Sony HW40es projector than spend a small fortune on ‘this Atmos stuff’ but not have a projector.

    What would you do?

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