At my company, we recently installed a Datasat RS20i, but we were also considering these from Storm Audio... However, at the time (only a couple of weeks ago) there was no mention of Dirac Live, but if this is now available I guess these processors might be kind of appealing given their price point? We did choose the RS20i though, as the price difference was not that great when taking into considering we need EAS / EBU to give out Alcons CRMSc-system the very best signal input. Also, after Walter Fortmuller calibrated the Datasat using Dirac Live, connected it to our Alcons amps and we setup the system in a 13.1(3) Auro-3D-layout, the Datasat really sounded astoundingly good...!! OK, Auro-3D might not be what the director intended, I get that, but the immersiveness of this layout compared to regular Atmos is simply not even comparable. Atmos mastering HAS to include more stuff in the ceiling if this format is ever to be a functional format for the home market as far as I am concerned, object based sound is certainly cool, but when the only "object" you hear is a helicopter or thunderstorm every 1 hour of watching a movie the format really just falls through.
Anyhow, enough with the Atmos vs. Auro-3D talk; what I was trying to say is that I am now totally hooked on immersive audio and also I really had NO idea that a processor could have such an impact on the overall quality! We used a Marantz 8802 prior to upgrading to the Datasat, and although the Alcons-system sounded "OK" the quality that now is delivered through the digital connections and Dirac calibration is truly on a totally different planet!! Problem is the price, and as such I do welcome new entrants such as StormAudio provided they are indeed able to maintain quality...
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