Originally Posted by irishluck73
I have zero experience with Dirac. How does it compare and contrast to Audyssey? I have the XT32 and am wondering if this is something worth looking at.
Dirac is substantially better than Audyssey (even XT32 Pro), in my experience.
The main advantage of Audyssey is that it's easier to find on Atmos receivers.
The latest Audyssey that can use an app to set the target curve probably closes the gap some, though.
Advantages for Dirac:
1) More articulate, clear, less processed sound.
2) Ability to fine tune target curves alongside the measured response and instant A/B switching to really dial it in.
Still, I'd suggest trying the trial before spending money.
You just need a calibrated mic (like a UMIK-1) and a cheap boom mic stand - great stuff to have, anyway.
The main problem that I had with the trial is that when it ended, I couldn't live without it. (So it was an expensive free trial for me.)
The main limitation of the PC version of Dirac is that it only works with the PC as the source, which means no Atmos. (Atmos bitstreams bypass Dirac, since there is no PC-based Atmos decoder available.)
Maybe that's fine for your use. Maybe not.
Either way, it's worth the trouble to evaluate it.