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Upgrade path to Atmos ?


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My audio system in Cinema room has been pretty stable for a large number of years. I have not kept up to date with modern upgrades but feel now might be the time to try Atmos.

Currently I use an Audiolab 8000AP processor which is attached to the original stand alone Audyssey Professional EQ Sound Equaliser and then on to a Rotel RMB1075 power amplifier. Speakers are Kef Reference and sub is a Velodyne HGS 18.

As you might expect I am very happy with the quality of sound in my Cinema Room.

So How to add Atmos without adversely affecting the sound quality.

I see three possible routes.

1. Wait for Audiolab to produce a new processor which supports Atmos.
2. Wait for a product to be released that adds Atmos processing by splitting signal from Hdmi to decode the Atmos ceiling channels.
3. Buy a new Atmos enabled pre Amp.

I am not aware of any solutions for routes 1 and 2 so am currently looking at option 3.

I plan to audition a Marantz 7702 mk2 as currently I think that could be the best solution.

Has anyone gone from an 8000 AP to a Marantz processor?

Will the Marantz sound as good as my Audiolab or will it be a downgrade?

Opinions would be appreciated.

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