Summit WiSA Transmitter Review & The Platin Monaco 5.1.2 Comes Alive with Wireless Dolby ATMOS

A few weeks ago we did a report on the Platin Monaco 5.1 Wireless Home Cinema System and, well, we just can’t say enough about this system.  In a home where drilling holes in the floor and hiding speaker wires just isn’t possible, this COMPLETELY wireless speaker system did something that hasn’t been achieved in some four years of searching and trying every product available.  NO SPEAKER WIRES.  Sorry… I just thought this needed to be perfectly clear.  This is my living room right now and I only pulled the surround speakers out to illustrate positioning.

But for the power cables which will soon be tucked away with surface covers, there are no speaker wires running to any of the eight speakers in this system.  As just a bit of a reminder, WiSA sound travels to each speaker via the 5.1 Wi-Fi completely independent of your home Wi-Fi at a transfer rate of 5.2ms which is 10 times faster than BT, with twice the clarity of CD at 24-bit 48/96Khz, and only as as much as a microsecond of difference in sound separation between the speakers.  In other words, dead on lip sync on your home cinema.  These specifications are exactly the same for the WiSA Transmitter we are reviewing today.

DOLBY ATMOS SOUND

Let’s start with our adding to the Platin Monaco Home Cinema in order to achieve Dolby Atmos.  To be completely honest, I had never listened to home theatre sound with Atmos prior.  I was willing to invest a bit in order to update my home cinema after speaking to WiSA who stated they would send along two additional satellites, stands and a WiSA transmitter for testing if we had the gear that could run it properly.  This mandated a TV update from the older Samsung to the newest LG OLED75C1AUB television which is WiSA 5.1 Ready.

From there, we added the two new satellites for Atmos sound and I had to play a bit in order to determine that the best position was atop the BicAmerica 980PLII towers as the sound then came straight out and above my head.  The HDMI cable in use was 15ft  HDMI 2.1 8K, 48Gbps 4:4:48K 60Hz 4K 120Hz 2K 240Hz HDR10 eARC HDCP 2.2&2.3, fed through the wall with the SoundSend transmitter.

We initially set things up as a 7.1 system but that was thrown aside after a comparison of these speakers in a 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos setting.  Dolby Atmos sound is absolutely incredible and, as much as I am NOT an Apple guy, getting a three month free subscription to Apple+ TV was massive as everything they have is premium audio and video. As I write this report in fact, The Morning Show series is playing  in 4K with Dolby Atmos.

There are also plenty of Dolby Digital Plus movies with Atmos.  I was a bit concerned initially as I had heard that there isn’t a noticeable difference but both my wife and myself recognize a more fulfilling movie theatre sound with the 5.1.2 Atmos setup, in comparison to 7.1 Surround.

4 comments

  1. Just to be clear the platin speakers for atmos are the ones on your towers? How did you configure the soundsend ap for this (audio mode, distance, virtual atmos?)

    • A bit lengthy but let me walk through how I got to this. First off, as you can see, the room has cathedral ceilings which are about 25ft up with alot of windows so this is not the ideal ATMOS environment. I tried different positions and angles and found that as they sit, the sound is dispersed perfectly above the seated position. I set the SoundSend App with Speaker Trim on 5 for both L/R Height, with my L/R at 0 and SL/SR/C at 5. If the movie is ATMOS already it will pump the ATMOS through the speakers and it is a good mix with the F/R/L and surrounds. If it is not ATMOS, one can change the setting on the App to Movie and there is a Virtual ATMOS. As for distance, all of my speakers are set to their actual distance.

  2. Thanks for the reply Les. Another question though. Currently I have my room setup for 7.1 with speakers front , side and rear and the Speaker Map on the ap reflects this. When you set the two height speakers did you use the rear or side speakers? Also how did you configure them on the Speaker Map? Did you stack the front and height speakers on top of each other? I understand you also had your system set up for 7.1 so I am curious how you set up the Speaker map when you changed your configuration.

    • In advanced settings select 5.1.2 in Speaker Config. Release your speakers from their current position by holding down the Associate Button until you hear an audible tone from that speaker. Scan for Speakers in Advanced Settings (or hold down button of Soundsend Puck for several seconds) and then place the speakers according to your need in MyZone. Do a channel check and arrange accordingly.

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