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Can someone tell me how Dirac Live works when it's not in a pre/pro? Does it run on a PC and only affect what's played using the PC as the source? If so I just don't see how that's competitive.
Anyways, as for the microphone not being included, that is especially worrying. Dan posted somewhere that what is holding Dirac up is the software portion that is responsible for licensing and sending the data back to Dirac to be crunched then receive the data, or something like that. I work in software development, and my current company as well as other places I have worked have used different licensing schemes where the clients have to connect to our licensing server to validate their copies to run, and I know that is a constant pain in the ass and am grateful to not have to work on it. It could be that getting this new version to run on the XMC-1 and establish the network connection and make it work appropriately all the time has just been problematic. In fact the problem could even fall with Dirac and their licensing server. And if that's the case then it's just a matter of working out the kinks and then all will be well, and it can be safely assumed they have the necessary processing power in the XMC-1 to successfully implement Dirac. But the fact that they aren't including the microphone makes it sound like there is something beyond licensing that's the hold up. Seeing as how they are promising better/easier firmware updates with the XMC-1 then when they've fixed the problem people could just flash via ethernet, a practically no-cost option for Emotiva. But now they have to spend the extra money boxing up the microphone and shipping it out separate, presumably with a flash drive which we know to be unneeded.
As for Atmos. While I'm considering giving it a try in the next year or two, I bet there are a lot of people for whom 5.1 or 7.1 is sufficient. They have a lot of hard core 2 channel fans at the Emotiva forum, and for them when it comes to home theater they don't want more than 5 or 7 channels. If I didn't have easy access to my attic to run some ceiling speakers I probably wouldn't even give Atmos a thought. Heck, I just bought a Denon x4000 last month, and I'm not at all bothered by that even though I knew Atmos was coming. It sounds like a cool technology, but until I hear a good demo I just don't think it's that big of a deal, and I imagine a good number of people are that way. Of course the fact that they can't handle PLIIz or Audyssey DSX is pretty sad. I'm going to wait a bit to decide if there's enough reason to go with Atmos, and I may want to wait until the second generation of Atmos receivers to make sure the home implementation is all it should be.
If the XMC-1 had been available a month ago, as their site claims it was, I might have gone for it, if Dirac was implemented that is. And I would have been quite happy with 7.1. What kind of sucks is that when I was wiring my home theater earlier this year I was planning on the XMC-1, so I didn't wire for front height speakers, now I wish I did since my Denon can handle that. I've got to stick my head up in the attic and see how my access is to the front wall, as I might be able to pull that off. But I'll probably wait until the heat of the summer is past.