Geoff_Wood wrote on 4/14/2016, 4:47 PM
And there was me thinking that audiophiles were still into just '2' ;-)

john_dennis wrote on 4/14/2016, 5:22 PM
Hmmm, I thought those extra power amplifiers were there so one could bi-amp the woofers and tweeters. It appears my two-year-old amp isn't enough anymore. Need more channels.

I did notice in the article the emphasis on getting back to stereo...

"[I]Because Halo generates a coherent spatial sound, you can be assured of a high-quality downmix. The 'exact' mode function ensures ultimate downmix performance where, as in TV re-purposing for instance, maintaining the relationship between the original, upmixed and downmixed versions is imperative.[/I]"

I guess that's for us.*

* My desire for being an audiophile was beaten out of me years ago.

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Hulk wrote on 4/14/2016, 8:47 PM
Warning - Opinion below

If the past is to teach us anything it's that for 99% of people what they have is "good enough." That means that the next big thing has got to be really big for it to sell to the masses.

Even the jump from SD to HD, which for me was night and day, didn't catch on for quite while. Actually until the prices of the HD TV's came down in price.

5.1 is too much of a hassle for most people, same with 3D. In my opinion Atmos will remain a niche product. Remember Quad audio?
PeterDuke wrote on 4/14/2016, 10:50 PM
Remember when quadraphonic tape recorders and other stuff appeared? My friend said that he would get some quad headphones when he had evolved 4 ears