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Forum: Official AVS Blu-ray Disc Reviews   08-28-2014, 03:59 PM
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Posted By sdurani
There likely will be more Star Trek movies, but...

There likely will be more Star Trek movies, but these two movies feel like two chapters of a longer story about how the Enterprise got her crew and how Kirk was not just given the captain's chair but...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-28-2014, 03:17 PM
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Posted By sdurani
I haven't kept in touch to remind them of the...

I haven't kept in touch to remind them of the question. Figured I have enough friends going to CEDIA that one of them will re-ask what happens when there are significantly more speakers than bed...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-28-2014, 12:32 PM
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Posted By sdurani
Agree with the first part: the debate didn't stop...

Agree with the first part: the debate didn't stop because mimicking an array of speakers wasn't connected to the number of surround channels. Those who preferred to emulate what they heard in...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-28-2014, 12:10 PM
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Posted By sdurani
For those that want to reproduce what the mixer...

For those that want to reproduce what the mixer heard, it becomes tricky. Some of the content (bed channels) was heard as an entire wall of sound, starting well forward of the sweet spot and...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-28-2014, 11:52 AM
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Posted By sdurani
Think about what that means: every mixing...

Think about what that means: every mixing decision is based on hearing each surround channel from a wrap-around diffuse array of speakers. But that's not what the mixer heard nor what he intended....
Forum: Speakers   08-28-2014, 11:26 AM
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Posted By sdurani
My point was that your room would be better off...

My point was that your room would be better off with real height speakers (small AT speakers) than Atmos-enabled upward-firing speakers (AT height modules). Atlantic makes both, but your ceiling...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-28-2014, 11:09 AM
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Posted By sdurani
Irrespective of reason, that's what ends up on...

Irrespective of reason, that's what ends up on the disc. Not telling you to like it, just pointing how it was mixed (with surround arrays). Not a desired objective for you. Others consider the...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-28-2014, 10:36 AM
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Posted By sdurani
It is undesirable for you to hear the soundtrack...

It is undesirable for you to hear the soundtrack the way the recording engineer heard it when it was being mixed, but why are you projecting your personal preference on others?
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-28-2014, 10:32 AM
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Posted By sdurani
No, I'm pointing out that it was the goal of the...

No, I'm pointing out that it was the goal of the home THX program: to hear the soundtrack as closely as possible to what it sounded like when being mixed. Soundtracks are mixed using surround arrays....
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-28-2014, 09:40 AM
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Posted By sdurani
But discrete surround channels played back using...

But discrete surround channels played back using arrays will still create a diffuse soundfield. That's how arrays sound.

It wouldn't matter if the left surround channel is matrix derived or...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-28-2014, 09:20 AM
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Posted By sdurani
Even IF the Dirac update never shows up, I would...

Even IF the Dirac update never shows up, I would take the PEQ in the XMC-1 to AccuEQ in the 636.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-28-2014, 09:13 AM
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Posted By sdurani
And has AccuEQ.

And has AccuEQ.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-28-2014, 09:07 AM
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Posted By sdurani
Never heard of any decorrelation in home Atmos...

Never heard of any decorrelation in home Atmos playback. THX used decorrelation during playback to keep the mono surround channel externalized (keep it from imaging in your head).

On the other...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-28-2014, 08:27 AM
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Posted By sdurani
Then why would it have made sense to use dipole...

Then why would it have made sense to use dipole surrounds before discrete multi-channel? Same auditorium size, same attempt to replicate that experience.

The whole idea behind the home THX...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-28-2014, 08:03 AM
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Posted By sdurani
If they didn't, the Onkyo 636 wouldn't exist.

If they didn't, the Onkyo 636 wouldn't exist.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-28-2014, 07:30 AM
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Posted By sdurani
What do you mean "no longer exists"? Even with...

What do you mean "no longer exists"? Even with discrete multi-channel, theatres were still using arrays, so consumers were still using dipoles to mimic them.
Forum: Area Home Theater Meets   08-27-2014, 09:19 PM
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Posted By sdurani
No.

No.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-27-2014, 09:01 PM
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Posted By sdurani
Paraphrasing from my post in the Atlantic...

Paraphrasing from my post in the Atlantic Technology Owners thread:

Saw a prototype of these height modules at CES back in January, where they looked like an extension to one of Atlantic's THX...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-27-2014, 05:19 PM
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Posted By sdurani
Dipole surrounds were pushed by Tom Holman for...

Dipole surrounds were pushed by Tom Holman for his home THX program, because those types of speakers most closely mimicked the long arrays of surround speakers in commercial cinemas (the reference...
Forum: Speakers   08-27-2014, 03:33 PM
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Posted By sdurani
The upward-firing Atmos-enabled speakers don't...

The upward-firing Atmos-enabled speakers don't work on sloped ceilings. More useful in your room would be small height speakers mounted above the seating area.
Forum: Speakers   08-27-2014, 03:09 PM
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Posted By sdurani
I'd seen a prototype of those height modules at...

I'd seen a prototype of those height modules at CES back in January. At the time they really matched the 4400, including matching grill cloth in the front (even though the driver was on top). Since...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-26-2014, 12:31 PM
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Posted By sdurani
We don't. My point was that it is not a...

We don't. My point was that it is not a limitation of the Audyssey algorithm.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-26-2014, 10:22 AM
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Posted By sdurani
Because of the way Audyssey works. It EQs each...

Because of the way Audyssey works. It EQs each channel in isolation, so only memory and processing horsepower keep the algorithm from being used on as many channels as needed. IF consumer Atmos is...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-26-2014, 12:34 AM
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Posted By sdurani
I would lower the surrounds as close to ear level...

I would lower the surrounds as close to ear level as logistically possible in my set-up and dodge the conflict simply by using DSU all the time when watching movies. Your solution to 5.1 vs 7.1, just...
Forum: Ultra Hi-End HT Gear ($20,000+)   08-25-2014, 09:30 PM
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Posted By sdurani
What happened to them? And Storm Audio?

What happened to them? And Storm Audio?
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