Originally Posted by thebland
Well. I'll wait for my install to see what happens, but hopefully Datasat is on it. I haven't seen many (if any theaters) that are incorporating Center Heights. I could, but it seems redundant and would create, IMO, an esthetic issue not to mention the cost. My Front Heights were not cheap!
Well all commercial Auro cinemas with Auro above 9.1 will be using centre heights.
The thing with the lack of phantom centre height really isn't that much of an issue right now. The only real content you'll be loosing by not having a centre height would be on a native auro recording in 11.1. Which as we know do not exist as yet, well on the BD platform.
With the upmixer whilst you'll not be getting that info from the centre height you are also not loosing anything as it will be info that was bled from the main centre channel.
So, right now, the only way to get a phantom centre is to use the described method using an external 2into 1 box. As the only options on the Datasat for auro configs in Bass management are 9.1 10.1 11.1 and 13.1. So to choose a setting where content wouldn't be lost by lack of centre height would be to use 10.1 but then your rear info will be sent to sides.
And in response to your statement about using VOG in a small room and being distracting. This is far from the truth. I have only 3m width in my room and my VOG is at or under 6ft above my head and 3-4 foot from the sides. Most of the time I actually have to mute all other channels to hear that the VOG is operational. But if you mute the VOG the sound just isn't as immersive. So i would def choose VOG over rear heights that are duplications of the side heights.
I'll post this on the other forum as you raised some interesting points.