I am currently using the N-Vi feeding an XS2 via AV bypass in a 3.1 (front L+R and center) setup. This allows the N-Vi to control the volume for movies and the XS2 is separately used for music. I continue to enjoy the great sound from the N-Vi.
But then Dolby Atmos beckons and the allure of the height channels in a very basic 5.1.4 setup is hard to resist. I am looking into AVRs with also “good” music pedigree such as NAD 775 and Anthem 740 to drive all the speakers except for the Front L+R, which will stay with the XS2.
Since I like the Naim sound, I am also toying with the idea of getting a Dolby Atmos AV pre-amp instead of a receiver, i.e. taking a Dolby Atmos sound from the coax or optical output of the AV pre-amp and feeding it into the N-Vi’s coax or optical input to allow the N-Vi to drive the center and rear surround channels. Then I will get additional power amps to drive the 4 height channels. I am assuming the N-Vi input cannot recognize a Dolby Atmos signal and the pre-amp must be able to configure the output to a Dolby Digital feed? Does anyone have any experience with this and was the effort worth it? If this is a bad idea then I will just get an AVR and not use the N-Vi.
I would appreciate any advice.