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  1. So I finally tried a few tracks this morning in Atmos (just the obvious ones from Apple's own playlist). It sounds neat, and the obvious separation is cool, but it feels like a re-engineering of the music and while the gimmick is cool, I'll be going back to 2-channel stereo for most -- if not all -- of my music. For a two reasons, not unlike others expressed here. First, as I mentioned, it feels like a re-engineering of the music that wasn't intended by the artist. I know this sounds pretentious, and it probably is, but I like to listen to albums all the way through, in the order it was intended, in the way it was originally recorded, produced, and mastered. Sometimes those original recording are poorly done, and, yes, I'll listen to remasters, but I'm not of the opinion that Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" needs a remaster so that the percussion section is further separated into a presence speaker. Second, and related: I don't feel that pushing an instrument into its own physical channel is a good idea when it comes to overall sound quality. Sure, it means you can hear the hand claps in "Here Comes The Sun", but the producer doesn't know where that speaker is in relation to the listener. A good 2-channel stage is relatively stable. A 5.1-11.1 home system introduces an almost infinite number of idiosyncrasies. Don't get me wrong: If you sit in the right place in the center of an Atmos array, this stuff is gonna sound really cool. But I find it unnecessary and even distracting. I'll probably show it off to some friends -- already had the wife sit down to listen to some Herbie Hancock. She wasn't overly impressed. Sample size of one, I guess.
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  2. This is a surprise. Sony are double dipping on Labyrinth. 4K BLU-RAY PREVIOUSLY RESTORED IN 4K DOLBY VISION PRESENTATION OF THE FILM DOLBY ATMOS AUDIO + 5.1 audio + original theatrical 2-Channel Surround audio NEW: Deleted & Alternate Scene Oubliette NEW Over 25 minutes of never-before-seen lost and alternate scenes, with all-new commentary from Brian Henson! NEW: Sarah's Screen Tests A collection of rare, original screen tests for the role of Sarah! Featuring Molly Ringwald, Trini Alvarado, Tracey Gold, Claudia Wells, Jill Schoelen, Maddie Corman and Danielle von Zerneck BLU-RAY Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master Dolby Atmos audio "The Henson Legacy" Featurette Labyrinth Anniversary Q&A "Remembering The Goblin King" Featurette The Storytellers (Picture-in-Picture) Commentary by Conceptual Designer Brian Froud Original Making-of Documentary "Inside The Labyrinth" "Journey Through the Labyrinth: Kingdom of Characters" Documentary "Journey Through the Labyrinth: The Quest for Goblin City" Documentary Theatrical Trailers They've got me on those new special features and theatrical audio (the Dolby Vision is also new). Release date is August 17th.
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  3. Is something happening on June 13th?
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  4. It does, yes, as long as you buy direct from them. 14 days.
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  5. Thanks - I'm gonna give these a try, especially with the running and how stupid drivers are around here.
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  6. I took the tube last week for the first time in over a year, and having purchased the AirPods last summer it was my first time using them when riding one of those clanky rust buckets. I was genuinely surprised how comfortably I could enjoy listening to a podcast at a healthy volume. Some will differ obviously, but personally I don't really feel the need to seek top tier audiophile performance from things like headphones for when I am on the move as bluetooth is lossy and I'm really only using them in environments that simply aren't conducive to optimally enjoy a recording. For what they do, how they perform and the seamless way my Apple devices recognise them when nearby, I just find them to be one of the most convenient lifestyle products I've bought in ages.
    1 point
  7. Magness

    Apple Discussion Thread

    I’ve listened to a few more Atmos/surround tracks and personally I’m loving them. I can understand the stereo vs surround point of view and it certainly isn’t for everyone but, it makes the songs much more “cinematic” for me and I like the immersion in my seating position with the Sonos 5.1. I wouldn’t use it with the headphones I don’t think as that just didn’t appeal to me as much but, when listening through the ATV on the 5.1 setup I think it’s awesome 😎
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  8. xPieter

    A thread about Lego

    Now I know what to get Tom Hanks for Christmas.
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  10. I'm not surprised to hear that at all. I genuinely do think the target market for this is people with the devices nearby, listening over headphones (and frankly, why wouldn't it be? That must arguably make up the large proportion of Apple Music subscribers listening habits). If you listen to the original>Atmos side by side demos they uploaded with Zane Lowe, he even tells you to reach for a pair of headphones. That then perhaps creates a debate about whether this should be branded Dolby Atmos at all since we typically think of Atmos as being overhead based spatial audio, but clearly Dolby now want people to think of it as spatial audio in any sense, wether it be full multi-channel, or two channel over headphones...etc. Whether that's watering down the format in the way IMAX pissed on its own brand by reducing their screens by more than half the size, changing the aspect ratio but maintaining the name I really don't know. It's probably too early to say. The more I listened last night I began to formulate a theory that many of the tracks that went up in Atmos yesterday were possibly paid for by Apple and/or Dolby, which would explain why many were individual tracks chosen from albums where the remaining tracks were left alone. Albums presented in Atmos in their entirety are mostly made up of modern albums where they might well have conceivably been mixed with intent by the artist and recording engineers, which might explain why they sound a little bit more pleasing. Similarly, the same might be said of albums that had a previous multi-channel history in the past (again, like Automatic for the People, or the recent John Lennon compilation Gimmie Some Truth which was mixed for multi-channel on release as there was a Blu-ray Audio version. Furthermore, the engineering work that went into older tracks on the Lennon compilation took a lot of time and tlc which really wouldn't have been applied to anywhere near the same degree if my theory about who funded some of the other remixes for individual tracks on Apple Music is correct). The few multi-channel mixes I have heard over the years and enjoyed were presented in such a way that I felt largely worked because they subtly enhanced the effect of stereo imaging rather than taking on the view that "MORE CHANNELS IS BETTER!". We're used to music coming from in front of us at a concert, but in a good venue the acoustics of a room will allow it to resonate around us which is what a great two-channel set up will deliver at home. Ideally I've always felt multi-channel should be mixed with that reality in mind rather than very obviously sending vocals or instruments to single channels. It is certainly fun when you do hear something mixed like that, but I' not sure our brains accept it as being accurate. It's very different to a mix for a movie where a brain interprets the movement of sound in accordance with what is happening on screen. Maybe they really should have focused on stereo spatial audio for headphones exclusively with Dolby Atmos Headphone branding here or something, and not even put it on Mac or AppleTV to allow for the discrete multi-channel presentations (especially with it all again, being lossy DD+). I was genuinely surprised how much of a fan I became of my AirPods Pro last year. I had no real expectations of them when I got them, I just finally gave in because I was fed up of using a lightening dongle and I was getting worried about listening volumes while in the city and on public transport, so wanted a noise cancelling option that I could pack away into my pocket (my B7W PX7's are too cumbersome to take out of the home). I'm sure there are better sounding in ear headphones of their kind out there, but I'm continually impressed by their all round performance and, for the most part, these Atmos presentations do compliment them rather well. It was interesting to me last night how I was probably most underwhelmed by the classical stuff via the AirPods though. Those mixes all sounded rather compressed and boring, which isn't what you want at all as acoustically many classical music venues are far, far better than anywhere where we might see a rock or pop performance. Compare the Berlin Philharmonic album of Tchiakovsky's Ballet Suites. It feels so much more powerful and, most vitally, emotional with Atmos disabled. Atmos sucks the life out of it, muddies the brass and other elements. It would be good if there was an enable/disable toggle for Atmos where relevant on the playback screen in the music app on iOS.
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  11. JFo

    Apple Discussion Thread

    Our long national nightmare is finally over. HBO Max is going back to the native Apple TV OS video player.
    1 point
  12. ChrisBardon

    A thread about Lego

    Typewriter Ideas set revealed: https://ideas.lego.com/blogs/a4ae09b6-0d4c-4307-9da8-3ee9f3d368d6/post/828e6737-27c3-4dd1-973d-2d0a270d5168 Honestly, I can appreciate the hell out of the design of this one, and the mechanics seem really cool, but I don't know if I'll get it. It's kind of like the Grand Piano-if space and money weren't an issue, sure, but there are only so many places in the house to put Lego sets on display.
    1 point
  13. Patch is already out.
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  14. Norwegian retail listings have appeared for UHD steelbook releases of the original Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and The Wolf Man from Universal. https://www.platekompaniet.no/blu-ray/dracula-1931-limited-steelbook-edition/ https://www.platekompaniet.no/blu-ray/frankenstein-1931-limited-steelbook-edition/ https://www.platekompaniet.no/blu-ray/the-invisible-man-1933-den-usynlige-mann-limited-steelbook-edition/ https://www.platekompaniet.no/blu-ray/the-wolf-man-1941-ulvemannen-limited-steelbook-edition/ I can't seem to see any indication of a specific release date. I'd be SO happy if these are happening though.
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  15. Dan Ryckert and Danny O'Dwyer are returning to contribute to Giant Bomb, and Jeff Grubb is coming on board. Other people yet to be announced will be providing periodic/seasonal content. The bigger news is Alex, Brad, and Vinny have a new project called Nextlander, consisting of a weekly podcast and daily gaming streams on Twitch (later uploaded to YT). It feels like traditional Giant Bomb, which is good.
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  16. A listing for a Star Trek movie set comprising of The Motion Picture, Wrath of Khan, Search for Spock and The Voyage Home has surfaced on Amazon France with a September 8th release date: https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B096TN7QM9?tag=bluraycom05-21 That's very odd that it would only include four films if the listing is accurate however. I wondered if that could mean that they might be splitting the original series cast films into two volumes, but surely that wouldn't be the plan as it'd be really weird to do four in one set and then just two movies in another when a three and three split would have made more sense (and then a third volume for the four next-gen movies).
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  17. I've felt for decades that multi-channel music has a lot of potential as some 20 odd years ago I had some demos that won me over, but I'm still a firm believer that a great 2-channel set up is better than a good multi-channel one. There's also the factor that Apple Music Atmos is lossy DD+ which kind of goes against it somewhat, especially amidst launching alongside lossless and hi-res at the same time. The most pleasing spatial demos with headphones for me have been the limited selection of Jazz titles they put up today. Those almost consistently left me smiling from the first note. I really think having noise cancelling headphones goes a long way to helping too, but the Herbie Hancock and Art Blakey albums mixed for Atmos really did make my AirPods Pro invisible as if the performance was emanating from inside my head, and certainly helps create a better sense of separation and detail than I'm used to listening to with other compressed sources. I suspect those without actual 2-channel or multi-channel set ups are precisely the audience Apple are targeting with these mixes anyway and where Atmos music will find a place. The 25th Anniversary Automatic for the People has perhaps been amongst the most pleasing vocal based Atmos presentations I've listened to via the AirPods. That's not hugely surprising as it had multi-channel DVD-A (and SACD?) mix many, many years ago which I suspect was the basis for this release. One issue that seems to affect a lot of vocal Atmos mixes on Apple Music though are that the vocals themselves can regularly get a little lost amongst the detail of the surrounding instruments (Iggy Popp's The Passenger really loses something in that respect, a certain rawness, which is a real pity, but the rock stuff in particular is really where things seem a little questionable, more so if it's an older recording). The Taylor Swift and Weeknd stuff comes over well.
    1 point
  18. JFo

    Apple Discussion Thread

    I just checked this on my system. I have an Apple TV 4K (first gen) connected to an Onkyo receiver via HDMI. Even though the receiver has a 24-bit/192KHz DAC, the Apple TV will only go up to 24-bit/48KHz.
    1 point
  19. I’m on Overcast. Doesn’t leak files the way Podcasts does; I got sick and tired of having to delete and reinstall Podcasts every couple of months because it’s incapable of cleaning its mess up.
    1 point
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