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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 2018-02-13, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Question Move to 4K and 7:1 Now or later

I am just finishing up on the basement reno project. I am comtemplating some upgrades. Should I do them now or wait 6 months and grab new stuff on Black Friday?

The main listening area is 9.5 feet by 14 feet. This backs on to the basement kitchenette which 9.5 feet by 12 feet.

Current equipment is Panasonic 60 inch plasma, Paradigm Monitor 9, CC350, ADP 190. Panasonic Blu-Ray and the NAD T747 receiver. Apple TV 4K has just been purchased.

Is it worth putting in a 7:2 receiver and a 4K OLED set. Main viewing is Netflix, Amazon Prime and Formula 1. Setp is also for listening to CDs.

One day I am gung ho about upgrading and the next day I say it is nor worth it.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 2018-02-13, 01:07 PM
 
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I was in the same boat few months ago (Black Friday). Did it. Not worth it (esp audio). 4K content is still well under 10-15% of my viewing (Netflix, Amazon). F1 will not be in 4K this season on TSN. You end up watching things that you would not watch otherwise, just because they are in 4K/HDR. Once again, not worth it at the moment. Keep saving.
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Install wiring for the future. That means HDMI 2.1 and at least 9.2 speakers including Amos or whatever. The components can be upgraded later.
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If you're going to include Atmos or DTS:X in your new setup I recommend enough amps. for 4 ATMOS speakers, so 5.1.4 at the least. Two ATMOS speakers at the front especially if they are not ceiling mounted just aren't worth anything.
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After looking at the feedback I decided to put the upgrades on hold. Will wait for Black Friday for some deals. Hopefully by then there will be more 4K content to make it more worthwhile. As

I am in the last phase of construction I can't really add in additional wiring for Atmos. It is wired for 7:2 and I will stick with that. No sense going beyond that as it is a small room. Besides the spouse thinks I am creating a Taj Mahal in the basement. A HDMI 2.0 cable was pulled through the wall conduit to support 4k. I can replace it with a 2.1 cable down the road if it is necessary.

Time to start planning for Black Friday. I will finalize my requirements for a 4K TV and receiver and put together a watch list. Maybe a good deal will be in my future.

One of the things about doing a basement reno makes you think about all of my "stuff". Physical media is disappearing now and I am not sure what to do with all of my CDs and Blu-Rays. Put them shelves like a museum or sell them off at fire sale prices.
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One thing to remember...your new OLED TV will upscale your Blu-Ray collection and make them look new again.
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@pwatson : Yes, there's always the WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) to be considered.
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