Originally Posted by matthewa
Has anyone changed ss9001 mind. One thing that concerns me is there has been very little movement from bluray content providers to make use of the technology.
my words come back to haunt me
actually, I changed my own mind on the height ch issue
I've been enjoying PLIIz and NeoX for > 1yr.
this is my take on both systems: on some tracks there's an enhancement, on some, little noticeable difference and on some, it can "detract" from the sense of envelopment by focusing your attention more on the front than on the rears & surrounds. what the effect is is highly dependent on the soundtrack. I have tried them both on music and prefer not to use heights with music. and so far I tend to prefer IIz over Neo X created height. Neo seems to blend more of the center & fronts into the height space. on the Yes Close to the Edge 5.1 Blu-ray I got recently, Neo X Music narrowed the soundfield considerably over PLIIx Music and made the rears seem very monophonic or monolithic
IIz just added a touch of ambience effect in the front so for me was much better in an A/B comparison if I were going to pick one at all. for 5.1 recorded music, I almost always use straight 5.1. in doing A/B comparisons on movie tracks, sometimes Neo X is "better" but to me, most of the time IIz is less intrusive in its impact on the front soundstage and allows me to enjoy the side & rear surrounds more.
I am glad I finally got it if no more than the option to use it. if I don't like the effect, I go back to IIx
I do have one of the Neo X enhanced Blu-rays, Dredd, but haven't taken the time to watch it yet. I don't have wides and I don't expect to ever have wides in this house, since my speakers are large Magnepan planars which leave little room for putting wides in. it was a challenge to find suitable speakers for heights and the "right" place for them since the Maggies are 6' tall. I ended up putting the heights right up at the ceiling and positioned outside the Maggies so they add a bit more width on their own, they are positioned more like Audyssey DSX heights, not directly above the fronts but on the outside of them. it made no sense to put them directly above 6 ft speakers in a 9 ft tall room
as it is, I'm probably not getting the same effect as someone with bookshelves or normal height towers. this was part of my reasoning to begin with...that it didn't seem to make sense with better taller speakers...but I changed my mind on this after finally having the opportunity to try them.
now my challenge will be how to do VOG overhead-height channel when 3D object audio (MDA) finally comes to the home.