Originally Posted by pgwalsh
When Sherwood put Trinnov into their receiver that was awesome. Outlaw almost had it in a preprocessor and I wold have bought it. It's not too far fetched to think someone will add trinnov or dirac to a processor beyond emotiva. I think it would be worth the added cost.
I read a bit about that Sherwood, though it appears they don't offer Trinnov on any of their current units, I'm wondering if it wasn't as big a selling feature as they were hoping or if Trinnov increased their royalty rates (the only Trinnov units I see now seem to be ridiculously high priced).
Originally Posted by b curry
Yes I know, I posted about the interview in the other thread. It's an update to Dirac Live which will most probably run on the miniDSP DDRC-88A as is. Dirac Unison, with advanced features is not exactly new, it's just that it's expected to be available for home audio use this year and I expect it will cost even more with its advanced control features.
I have no problem with the phoenix connections as is. If you add XLR's it will require a larger chassis, at least twice the size for 8 channels, which will in turn increase the price of the unit and add no particular improvement except the cosmetic satisfaction of those who think they need an XLR connection. Phoenix Block connectors are used every day in industrial and commercial environments and are very reliable. They simply are not as common for the home audio user. For the very short cable runs typically used with the DDRC-88A, there is no real benefit in using XLR vs. single ended.
I was more interested in seeing competition for the hardware to perhaps leverage a lower price for the end user.
Unison would be nice as well, though I'm curious as to how it would be implemented for home use, whether it would require additional speakers to be added to be active correction speakers, or if it would just blend that active correction signal into the other speakers already in place.
I know phoenix connections are popular in the pro market, I just hate dealing with bare wire. It looks like these exist though:
So I suppose you could get an XLR to Phoenix cable and use the pin blocks to connect to the inputs on the MiniDSP unit and avoid any bare wire issues. If you have a pre/pro with XLR output and an amp with XLR input though it would be nice just to be able to use XLR on the step in-between as well.
I'm with you on more affordable units though. Dirac is very pricey even as standalone software, though I imagine they cut volume discounts for OEMs who want to integrate it into products.