How much does it cost to upgrade a 5.1 surround system to Dolby Atmos? How does $1800 sound?

That’s what it’ll take to buy NAD’s new T 758 V3 AV Surround Sound Receiver and a pair of PSB Imagine XA Atmos modules. In my upcoming review, I’ll see just how little one can do to add Atmos to their theater. Concerned about the cost of extra amps, a new processor, and a pile of additional speakers? This might just be the solution.

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I requested the T 758 V3 and PSB Imagine XAs during a meeting with Lenbrook at CEDIA Expo back in September. The new receiver is now shipping and I’ve had just enough time to get it up and running. The real treat is still in store though – Dirac Live. This new room correction system is included with the T 758 V3 and promises to correct not just frequency response, but also impulse response. This additional phase adjustment did wonders for the demo I recently heard at CES in Las Vegas. There, a modest two-channel setup was running Dirac with the T 758 and a mid-priced pair of B&W speakers. I was impressed by the enlarged soundstage and terrific bass control. Now, I’ll have a chance to run it with my full-range Axiom LFR1100 tower speakers and mammoth EP800 subwoofer.

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Dolby Atmos is nothing new but it will be my first chance to experience it in my home theater. I’m looking forward to everything the T 758 V3 has to offer. Many tweaking and listening sessions are in my future. Please check back here in a few weeks for the full article.