Has the XMC-1 Been Discontinued? Feb 19, 2018 21:53:53 GMT -5 via mobile
Post by musicfan on Feb 19, 2018 21:53:53 GMT -5
In my condo I can't do ceiling speakers because of fire code restrictions. So, I did try it in my bedroom with a Marantz NR1606, which is Atmos ready and got the two speaker options available: for high wall speakers I got a pair of SVS Prime Elevation and for up firing modules, got a pair of PSB Imagine XA. Tried the Prime Elevation first and got mixed results/feelings. I got several Atmos Blue Ray discs (It, Blade Runner 2049, Hacksaw Ridge and San Andreas) that have been proven to be among the best for immersive audio testing. With the Prime Elevation the sound was too directional. I knew the sound was coming from the front wall even the speakers were placed right at the top of the wall. I have 9 ft ceilings so it's ideal for Atmos effect. After a few hours I knew that those were not the right speakers. Put them back in the box and shipped back to Amazon.
Then ordered a pair of PSB Imagine XA Atmos modules from Crutchfield, got them, ran Audyssey and after listening for a few hours to different scenes from the 4 movies, I found that the sound was a bit more 3D, definitely better than with the Prime Elevation speakers but still not enough convincing. I had to increase the volume on the receiver for the Atmos speakers (+5dB) to get the bouncing effect but then the sound coming from the speaker itself was too obvious/distracting.
So, my final test was to measure how much time the Atmos speakers are active during a movie. Played San Andreas, which is an awful movie but according to many one of the best for Atmos testing and unplugged all the speakers but the Atmos speakers. Which is not the same as turning off the speakers on the receiver. What I discovered was shocking. During the first 25 mins of San Andreas, the Atmos speakers were active for less than 1 min. After doing some reasoning, I decided to send the PSB speakers back to Crutchfield.
I couldn't justify investing $2100 just to get 5 mins out of 120 mins of additional information. For those able to get/install ceiling speakers and no need to upgrade or purchase extra components, Atmos could be a nice addition. I know customers and friends that did get Atmos with less than $500. In my case, I did my research/testing and the results said clearly to me that it's not worth the investment. I do prefer to put that $$$ in a Sony OLED 55A1E for my bedroom or in a JVC RS540 for my living room.
You chose poorly. San Andrea’s is one of the worst Atmos movies as you discovered. Also the first year of Atmos I think the mixers were getting heir feet wet. Try your experiment again with “IT” then report back