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Old 09-07-2019, 09:46   #1
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Old but good speakers - keep or give to charity?

As part of our retirement and downsizing, we are selling (mainly quality furniture) or giving to charity (other items in good condition) several of our possessions, while keeping a few that are going to be useful. One unit that I am not able to make-up my mind is a 20-year old set of Definitive Technology 5.1 Speaker System consisting of a subwoofer, central and 5 satellite speakers. The sound quality is as superb as ever and unless I am going to get a major improvement with one of the modern units in the penthouse flat that we are moving to, I am considering keeping the DefTec set. If I am advised to get a modern one however, I'll give that to RSPCA or BHF, our usual charities.

Please advice on what I should do. Thanks.
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I think the answer is in your own post.

They serve their purpose. They sound good to your ears (only ones that matter).
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Thanks. The speaker set alone cost Ł1500 back in 1999. I like it and do not want to give it away unless I have to. But all this business about Dolby Atmos and such make me wonder if we should go for a hew set, that's all.
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Do you have a separate amplifier/AV receiver? You can upgrade that to support atmos and still use the same speakers.
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Unless you're an absolute movie audio obsessive, atmos isn't worth the difference IMHO for your situation.

If you are, and you want to treat yourself then...
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You don't need to get rid of your speakers for Atmos, you just need more speakers (and probably a new AVR)

You need 2 or 4 to either attach to the ceiling, fit into the ceiling or modules to fit on top of your speakers to reflect off the ceiling. The last option probably doesn't apply to you if they're satellites as they're too small.

I went from 5.1 to 7.1 and now have a 5.1.2 Atmos system. It's, IMO, much better than 7.1 giving a more immersive sound "bubble". As long as you don't go in expecting your ceiling to come alive I think it's worth it, it can be subtle a lot of the time but you do notice it missing. Dolby Surround and particularly Neural:X do a good job of upscaling 5.1 sources to Atmos.
Watched something shortly after I got it, some action movie which only had a DTS 5.1 track on it, and a helicopter came towards the screen and then hovered above the protagonist to let him escape. The AVR made it seem as if the helicopter was above me as the bad guy was being winched up. Very clever.
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Thanks people. I had not thought of upgrading the AVR angle. The present one is a 10-year old Onkyo and I will upgrade that when we move.
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Not sure a charity shop would want 20 year old electronics or not understand their worth, etc. I'd keep them.
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