Enlarge / To get the Dolby Atmos version of Automatic For The People, you’ll have to buy this complete 3-CD, 1-Blu-ray edition. (credit: R.E.M./Craft Recordings)
As much as I love overpriced gizmos in my living room, I still tend to be reluctant about new standards.

TVs are a great example.
I’ve appreciated the bonuses offered by 3D, 4K, and HDR, but I concede they all lack content and are less amazing than salespeople would lead you to believe.

They’re also generally not worth replacing TVs that are only a few years old.
The same goes for audio, which fortunately hasn’t strayed far from a “5.1” surround-sound profile since the dawn of DVD adoption. Really, I’ve been fine with two good speakers and a subwoofer for my entire adult life.
I laugh at overblown, pre-film Dolby intros in a theater.
I shrug at the surround effects in hectic action movies.
I have failed A/B tests in picking out major differences between 5.1 and 7.1 systems.
Surround audio can be cool, sure.

But if I were to ever change up my entire living room, I’d need something to blow my aural expectations away.

This week, that might have finally happened.
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