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I'd also like to add that one cannot JUST look at these traces and make a decision; there are other factors that play into this comparison, and they could be rather significant, depending on the listener.
The tonal qualities of pseudo-"out-of-the-box" tunings gives the edge to Dirac Live; the sound was smoother, euphonic if you will.
BUT the 3D remapping is a huge feature for the Trinnov that makes a significant difference when watching a film, or even listening to music (depending on how much of a purist you are). 3D remapping puts you "in the scene" - you're there at the location.
My description is as follows: when I was listening to the Datasat/Dirac system I felt like I was sitting in the mastering theater with the sound director; it really does make the system feel very much like a commercial post-house.
When I was listening to the ADA/Trinnov system, I felt like I was in the scene. Examples: in the film UP, when Russel finds the snipe (Kevin) - you feel like you're in the jungle with him. In Super 8, I was on the train platform with those kids. Trinnov gives you a very palpable 3-dimensional soundscape that pulls you into the experience of the media (concerts on blu-ray are very cool as well).
BUT- once again we have to ask ourselves; which do I prefer? There are valid arguments to espouse the approach that Datasat/Dirac take- really as true as possible to the master that's on the disc or in the medium; you are in fact experiencing what the sound director did when the film was mixed.
AND there are valid arguments to espouse the approach Trinnov takes- placing you inside the reality of the recording; you are there- perhaps inside the intent of the sound-director.
Both optimization systems are used by commercial houses and studios, both are built on some really serious hardware, and both sound really, really good.
Of course, the only way to experience that first-hand is to be in Chicago January 21. RSVP via PM if you're planning to attend.