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Did you know? More and more Dolby Atmos content is being released all the time. Currently there are more than 50 Atmos titles available on Blu-ray, with some available for streaming on VUDU. Other surround sound formats can be up- converted to Atmos so you can enjoy more lifelike surround sound. Atmos on a budget Introducing ELAC Debut speakers Renowned speaker designer Andrew Jones has developed high-end audiophile speakers. But he's recently turned his attention to lower-cost options. His new ELAC Debut line offers exceptional value along with performance that's getting rave reviews throughout the industry. You can get a complete ELAC surround system with Dolby Atmos capability for $1139.96. Or if you already have speakers and want to try Atmos, just add a pair of ELAC Debut A4 Atmos enabled modules to your front speakers. They rest on top of floor-standing or bookshelf speakers and bounce sound effects off your ceiling. ELAC Debut A4 Dolby Atmos speakers #970DA41 $229.99/pair See our full selection of ELAC speakers at crutchReld.com/ELAC Got power? Onkyo's TX-NR646 7.2-channel receiver can drive a great Atmos system. Onkyo TX-NR646 #580TXN646 $599.99 Special Purchase $399.99 While supplies last The verdict Normally, when I watch action movies with surround sound, I have trouble processing all the visual and auditory stimuli. This time, it was different. I could follow the action without feeling like my senses were being assaulted. When objects flew from one side of the screen to the other, the sound flowed seamlessly with them. For me, watching a movie in 3D doesn't begin to compare to the multi-dimensional audio and video experience you get when the sound and action are synced together spatially. That's what a Dolby Atmos surround system offers, and that's what I heard in our demo. Most of my colleagues I talked to about the demo shared the same take. They're a discerning bunch when it comes to home theater, so I knew I wasn't imagining how good this was. Even our founder and CEO, Bill Crutchfield, came away from the demo saying, "That's what I need - Atmos." The gear The Marantz SR6010 (above) is a true powerhouse in any surround system. Its muscular audio performance combines with advanced video processing and wireless connectivity to bring you spellbinding home theater in a sturdy, elegant package. Marantz SR6010 home theater receiver #642SR6010 $1399.99 Pioneer's Elite SP-series speakers are made for Dolby Atmos. The floor-standing and bookshelf speakers have built-in up-firing Atmos modules that reflect sound off of your ceiling. The result is a massive soundstage that extends from floor to ceiling. Pioneer Elite SP-EFS73 floor-standing speakers with Dolby Atmos #130EFS73 $699.99 each Check out the entire lineup at crutchReld.com/PioneerElite SAVE $200 35

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