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Are you ready for ATMOS ?
In light of the new Atmos and other > 7 channel options, reader here will need to consider some points in planning their new home theatre systems.
As renovation / hacking might be involved, the decision should first be taken to decide on how many surround channels will there be?
If all one needs is 5.1 or 7.1, then wired up accordingly during renovation.
However if there is an intention to go for the new stuff, such as DTS-Neo X or Audyssey DSX or Atmos etc, then one has to adhere to the prescribed speaker placement positions that Dolby or DTS suggests, otherwise there may be inference between each speaker, and you don't get that nice surround envelop.
But now ceiling speaker positions have come back into fashion, and will enhance Atmos, but one still needs rear surround speakers, and those won't do well in the ceiling.
So plan well, and also understand again that one needs to decide if aesthetics matter more or can one go for the best positions.
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I decided to make the Denon AVC X8500H the centre of my home theatre system, and finally bring Auro into the system!
Sony ZD9 75" (Sony TV review) Denon AVC X8500H (Denon AVC X8500H review) Marantz PM 11S3 : 2 channel stereo amp with HTbypass and 100W per channel driving the front pair of Dynaudio Confidence 1 Platinum ( Marantz PM 11 S3) ( Dynaudio C1 Platinum Review ) Sony UDP X800 (Sony UBP X800 Review ) Sony UDP X700 Marantz NA11S1 as a DAC and network player Dynaudio Confidence C1 and Centre Platinum front and centre Usher 520 rear back Monitor Audio RXFX in dipole mode for side surrounds JL Audio E112 Anthony Gallo A'Diva for ceiling Atmos placement and "Voice of God" placement QED XT Revelations for front and centre speakers QED Micro speaker cable for the surrounds Audioquest Cinnamon HDMI for Oppo 83Nuforce to amp AQ Forest HDMI cable - Set top box to TV and other sources Monoprice Premium Cables from 4k players to amp and onwards to the TV Audioquest Snake subwoofer cable Blue…
Every now and then, Dynaudio will issue some special edition speakers,
and this time they are taking some of their best bits and making a pocket
rocket, in the form of the “Special Forty”, a standmount speaker conceived to
celebrate their fortieth anniversary.
Fans are one thing that a home in the tropical country will need, and you may even have a few of them, either table top ones, or floor standing.
They can be purely utilitarian, or they can come in fancy designs. Sometimes, you find a fan which combines both form and function, and to top it off, it is also energy efficient.
In choosing a fan, you will need to decide which of the above matters more, and also take into account your budget before making a decision.
The cheapest are table fans, which are simple, cheap and portable. The downside is a lack of power and may not suit your decor, and many come only in a standard design.
There are some retro options:
And some of the retro theme stores locally will also carry them. Ironically the price is higher for these, and if you compare to the 30-80$ for the basic ones, these usually cost 50-100% more.
As for floorstanding fans, they usually come with timers and are more powerful. Some even come with remote controls.
Bear in mind, the more …