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Onkyo’s clever new amplifier rocks 3.1.2 Dolby Atmos

High is the new behind, apparently

Turn on your cranial cooling fans, readers, for this is going to require some processing. Onkyo’s £430 TX-NR474 home cinema amplifier is capable of a new speaker configuration that might suit lots of poky British lounges. Namely, 3.1.2. So normal left, right and centre speakers, and a subwoofer, but with the addition of two extra speakers mounted up high or on the ceiling above the TV. It’ll only work with Dolby Atmos-enabled soundtracks, but it’ll give you groovy ambient effects without having the cabley mess of rear speakers. Niche appeal? Yes. Nerdy as all hell? You bet’cha.

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Fraser used to wear a Psion Series 3 palmtop in a shoulder holster. Perhaps he still does.Either way, his lifelong mission - including fourteen years for Stuff - has been to see whether the consumer electronics industry can ever replicate that kind of cyborgian joy.So far: nope. Despite a plan to combine a action camera and Olympus Eye-Trek goggles to become Man Who Sees The Vision Of A Man Three Inches Taller Than Himself.He also likes mountain bikes, motorbikes, cars, helicopters. Still thinks virtual surround is witchcraft. Dislikes jetskis, despite never having been on one.