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Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-26-2014, 07:46 PM
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Posted By Selden Ball
DSU is available to enhance 7.1 soundtracks if...

DSU is available to enhance 7.1 soundtracks if you have overhead speakers. Dolby has been reluctant to release any details about what it actually does to the ear-level speaker channels when expanding...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-26-2014, 07:37 PM
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Posted By Selden Ball
The various upmixers can't do anything if the...

The various upmixers can't do anything if the original soundtrack is already occupying all of your speaker channels. STID has a 7.1 channel soundtrack: Front LCR, Side Surround and Rear Surround....
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-26-2014, 07:19 PM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Yes. Many people seem to feel that the new Dolby...

Yes. Many people seem to feel that the new Dolby Surround upmixer is well worth the investment on its own.



The new Dolby Surround upmixer does an amazingly good job at expanding the audio of...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-26-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By Selden Ball
The major advantage of the XMC-1 is that it...

The major advantage of the XMC-1 is that it provides Dirac room correction, although people seem to be having problems getting it to work the way they want.

The major disadvantage of the XMC-1 is...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-26-2014, 09:10 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
My understanding is that insulation does...

My understanding is that insulation does preferentially absorb the higher frequencies. Reducing them (so the lower frequencies seem relatively louder) might lower the crossover. It can't hurt to try.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-26-2014, 08:18 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Sorry, I don't recall what type of ceiling...

Sorry, I don't recall what type of ceiling speakers you have. Are they in-ceiling or on-ceiling? My understanding is that in-ceiling speakers need to have an appropriately designed acoustic box...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-26-2014, 06:36 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
There's no particular reason to have them all the...

There's no particular reason to have them all the same. Higher frequency crossover frequencies might make the subwoofer more localizable. I.e. you might hear the higher frequencies seem to be coming...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-25-2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 31
Posted By Selden Ball
See...

See http://www.avsforum.com/forum/90-receivers-amps-processors/1501860-who-makes-stripped-down-audiophile-grade-5-1-preamp-processor-hdmi-these-days.html
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-25-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 1,020
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Posted By Selden Ball
Doug, It seems to me that that particular...

Doug,

It seems to me that that particular AVR might have been problematic. Noise levels do vary from unit to unit, despite their snr ratings.

I have to get within a foot of one of my noisier...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   12-25-2014, 09:19 AM
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Views: 2,084,066
Posted By Selden Ball
Sony. Samsung's firmware is reported to be...

Sony.

Samsung's firmware is reported to be quite buggy.
Forum: Speakers   12-25-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 726
Views: 42,367
Posted By Selden Ball
Yes. In the vast majority of cases,...

Yes.

In the vast majority of cases, electronics don't care what brand of speakers they're driving, and vice versa.
(The primary exception to this rule is when you buy one of the HTiB systems...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-24-2014, 12:01 PM
Replies: 1,887
Views: 74,002
Posted By Selden Ball
Yes. When you select Stereo, Audyssey and...

Yes.

When you select Stereo, Audyssey and bass management are still engaged, but only the Front Mains and subwoofer produce sound.

If you select Direct (or Pure Direct) all processing is...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-24-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 139
Posted By Selden Ball
Both devices are excellent, and most of the...

Both devices are excellent, and most of the differences between them are miniscule. Get the one that makes you happier. If there's a D+M reseller near you, perhaps you can persuade them to rent or...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-24-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 16,699
Views: 649,651
Posted By Selden Ball
If they sound worse despite the larger woofer,...

If they sound worse despite the larger woofer, then send them back. Spending more money should result in a higher quality sound system, not a poorer one. Just because a device "ought to" be better...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-24-2014, 08:08 AM
Replies: 1,246
Views: 86,133
Posted By Selden Ball
When you are using the same source playback...

When you are using the same source playback device (e.g. Blu-ray player over HDMI) for both music and movies, there's no way for the AVR to know that you're not playing a two-channel movie.

You...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-24-2014, 07:29 AM
Replies: 73,232
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Posted By Selden Ball
You might double check to make sure all of your...

You might double check to make sure all of your speakers are set to Small (enable bass management) and raise crossovers to the vicinity of 80 Hz. If the sub is only getting the LFE channel and maybe...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-23-2014, 01:51 PM
Replies: 4,588
Views: 208,519
Posted By Selden Ball
Yes. Dolby Atmos, Dolby Surround, DTS Neo:X,...

Yes.

Dolby Atmos, Dolby Surround, DTS Neo:X, Audyssey DSX, Auro-3D and Auro-Matic all use Front Height speakers.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-23-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,281
Posted By Selden Ball
Dolby Surround upmixing does something only if...

Dolby Surround upmixing does something only if you have more speakers than there are audio channels in the source material. If you play a 7.1 soundtrack on a 7.1 speaker system, it will do nothing...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-23-2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 4,588
Views: 208,519
Posted By Selden Ball
Personally, I'd configure the speakers you're...

Personally, I'd configure the speakers you're calling "L/R Top Front - TF" as "Front Height" so they'd be compatible with all of the existing encoders and upmixers. They're in the correct location...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-23-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 4,588
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Posted By Selden Ball
Only 11 channels can be active simultaneously. ...

Only 11 channels can be active simultaneously.
Dolby Surround never uses Front Wides.
If you configure for 9.1.4, Atmos won't use the Front Wides, either, although DTS Neo:X will.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-23-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 73,232
Views: 6,204,061
Posted By Selden Ball
Speakers and room acoustics have the most effect...

Speakers and room acoustics have the most effect on the quality of the sound you hear. You have to listen to speakers in your room to find out if they'll be better. Automated roomEQ like Audyssey can...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-23-2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 16,699
Views: 649,651
Posted By Selden Ball
It upmixes to use all of your speakers, including...

It upmixes to use all of your speakers, including overheads. However, calling that "upmixing to Atmos" is misleading, I think. Atmos is the object-oriented soundtrack encoding technology used by...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 73,232
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Posted By Selden Ball
That's entirely up to you.

That's entirely up to you.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 16,699
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Posted By Selden Ball
DTS Neo primarily is an upmixer which competes...

DTS Neo primarily is an upmixer which competes with Dolby Surround.

Like Dolby ProLogic and Dolby Surround, it sends sounds to whatever speakers you have that are in addition to the number of...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 16,699
Views: 649,651
Posted By Selden Ball
Have you considered using headphones? Then you...

Have you considered using headphones? Then you can crank them as loud as you want.
Personally, I don't expect that to happen, except, perhaps in HTiB systems which already have many compromises in...
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