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Originally Posted by pokekevin
I thought the whole point of ATMOS was to not sell more speakers per sa...So I'm not really understanding what he means ? It would be nice though in the future to have just one mix on the BD
Downmix it all to your set up's needs
Object-oriented lossless audio is based on sound objects being placed on x-y-z coordinates in new mixing software via metadata. You can have 5.1, 7.1, 9.1, etc. etc. etc. speaker outputs and as long as you tell the Atmos or MDA decoder where your speakers are positioned and how many you have... it will more accurately place those sounds in the room by using height-width-depth information along with the "regular" channel line-up. It's 3D surround on steroids. If the x-y-z metadata tells the processor to place a sound in a particular speaker, it will. It's typical pan potting on a mixer board, but with three information cues instead of one.
Dolby is pushing this in the theater while DTS is pushing this for the home market and calling it Multi-Dimensional Audio (MDA).
It gives mixers and home theater owners more flexibility. Sound engineers are ga-ga over it and those who have heard demos and seen Atmos mixed movies say it is another step forward in soundtrack reproduction.
An Atmos or MDA track can be automatically down mixed to 5.1 or 7.1.
Why not embrace better audio? You're not a technology curmudgeon are you, T2k?
Listen up, studios! Just say "NO" to DNR and EE!!