Originally Posted by sdurani
Replace the decoder in the player with the one that is in upcoming Atmos 7.1 receivers. Send the decoded 8-channel PCM signal to the XMC-1 (not a problem for its HDMI 1.4 inputs). Place the surround-back speakers above the listening position for a 5.1.2 configuration.
The player does the decoding. The XMC-1 then does bass management and Dirac room correction, followed by the usual delay and level calibration.
This is workable solution for XMC-1 and Dolby Atmos. So the minimum Atmos configuration of 5.1.2 can be achieved.
Will put this as a suggestion in the next generation of Oppo players thread.
Wondering how many other blu-ray player manufacturers are thinking along this line? The cost of a new blu-ray player (with Atmos decode) with the XMC-1 maybe negligible increase, assuming the mass market manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, Panasonic, et. al. get into the game. If these guys smell some easy money, I'm sure they will get into the market.
Marantz SR-7009, Oppo BPD-93, MTV 7000D, aTV, Harmony Home Control remote, KEF E301+T101, MiniDSP (2x4)+(10x10HD)+(DDRC-88A), Emotiva 2xXPA-5 (Gen2), Rythmik 2xF12G+2xF8, HiMedia Q16, LG 55EC9300.