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Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-24-2014, 04:38 PM
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Posted By Selden Ball
I answered this once already: it's because you're...

I answered this once already: it's because you're using obsolete media player software. Shortly after Atmos soundtracks became available, it was discovered that ffmpeg and other decoder libraries...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-24-2014, 01:55 PM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Did you configure the upward-firing speakers as...

Did you configure the upward-firing speakers as "Dolby" speakers?
They also need to be above ear height to minimize the amount of sound reaching your ears directly from the speakers.

If you just...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-24-2014, 01:45 PM
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Posted By Selden Ball
I think by "positional rendering" he means...

I think by "positional rendering" he means determining exactly where the user's speakers actually are located and rendering relative to those positions.

Currently available cost-effective...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-24-2014, 01:32 PM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Many of the higher-end receivers (e.g. all...

Many of the higher-end receivers (e.g. all Marantz receivers) include multi-channel preamp inputs and can be used as multi-channel amps. Sorry, I don't recall which Pioneer models have them.

Any...
Forum: Ultra Hi-End HT Gear ($20,000+)   10-24-2014, 12:31 PM
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Posted By Selden Ball
The speaker orientation which works best depends...

The speaker orientation which works best depends on the speakers, the dispersion of their tweeters, and your intent for how the audio should sound to your guests. In general, crossing somewhat in...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-24-2014, 12:24 PM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Atmos is backward compatible. Unfortunately,...

Atmos is backward compatible.

Unfortunately, the older computer bitstreaming software packages are not forward compatible. They see the additional metadata and barf. You need to upgrade to a...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-24-2014, 12:14 PM
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Posted By Selden Ball
I think most of us agree with you. Unfortunately,...

I think most of us agree with you. Unfortunately, D+M do not.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-24-2014, 09:30 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
I was thinking of Amaze -- the one with the...

I was thinking of Amaze -- the one with the twirling seed.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-24-2014, 09:21 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
What about using one of the Atmos demos instead? ...

What about using one of the Atmos demos instead?

They seem to have sounds which circle around the listener.

I'm not sure how much of that is overhead, though. There certainly seem to be some,...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-24-2014, 08:34 AM
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Views: 265
Posted By Selden Ball
I suspect you mean the Pioneer Elite SC-89,...

I suspect you mean the Pioneer Elite SC-89, although Panasonic does make good BD players. It lists for $3K and is limited to a total of 9 channels (7.1.2 or 5.1.4). The current D+M competitors list...
Forum: D-cinema Equipment and Theaters   10-24-2014, 07:30 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
That's what the new Dolby Surround upmixer does,...

That's what the new Dolby Surround upmixer does, yes.



Your home Atmos questions would be better answered in the Home Atmos thread....
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-24-2014, 07:21 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Yes. It's your choice. The 6 series...

Yes.

It's your choice.

The 6 series speakers have a larger woofer, so can be used with a lower crossover frequency. That might or might not make a difference to you, depending on whether or not...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-24-2014, 07:00 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Why are you so intent on changing your Front...

Why are you so intent on changing your Front Height speakers?

The Front Height speaker location of a 7.2 configuration is the same location as is used by the Front Height "overhead" speaker...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-24-2014, 06:48 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
This is one of the reasons we need Atmos...

This is one of the reasons we need Atmos calibration soundtracks.

At any rate, I'd expect that there would be some phantom-speaker effects in Keith's circumstances. For example, if there are...
Forum: HDTV Programming   10-23-2014, 01:44 PM
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Posted By Selden Ball
The standard human mouth is full of really nasty...

The standard human mouth is full of really nasty bacteria which can cause serious infections, some fatal.

Apparently the standard Walker mouth if full of even nastier stuff.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-23-2014, 12:57 PM
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Posted By Selden Ball
In general, more is better. I'm not sure...

In general, more is better.

I'm not sure which decoders you mean, or if you might be confusing decoders with upmixers. Which decoders you need depends on what media you want to watch or listen to....
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-23-2014, 12:25 PM
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Posted By Selden Ball
An alternative workaround is to use a device...

An alternative workaround is to use a device which hides HDMI changes from the Mac Mini. One such is Gefen's HDMI Detective Plus....
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-23-2014, 07:58 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Unfortunately, the 80.3 does not have enough...

Unfortunately, the 80.3 does not have enough horsepower under the hood. Unless, perhaps, you're willing to do without Audyssey. (Not that they'd support that, anyhow. Onkyo wants to sell new...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   10-23-2014, 05:16 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
So long as they don't have buggy decoders, BD...

So long as they don't have buggy decoders, BD players produce the same digital output signals, so "finest" doesn't apply to that part of their electronics.

Other than Oppo, Sony and Panasonic...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-23-2014, 04:44 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Does your computer have an HDMI output? If...

Does your computer have an HDMI output?

If so, you should be able to play the trailers on the computer with the HDMI output connected to the receiver or pre/pro. Of course, you'll have to use...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-22-2014, 02:18 PM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Those who've heard it think it's the cat's meow....

Those who've heard it think it's the cat's meow. Or something like that ;)
It'll be a while before there are many BDs or streamed material with Atmos soundtracks, so it's good to have an upmixer...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-22-2014, 10:38 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Be careful to get the right ones. The older...

Be careful to get the right ones. The older "Atmos" videos don't have Atmos soundtracks. They're lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 :(
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-22-2014, 10:29 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
When the AVR sends a higher signal to the sub,...

When the AVR sends a higher signal to the sub, that makes the auto turnon function more reliable. Going much above 0 risks clipping the output signal when there's strong bass in the soundtrack.

...
Forum: HDTV Programming   10-22-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 6,575
Views: 302,227
Posted By Selden Ball
The shortest highway distance is about 640 miles....

The shortest highway distance is about 640 miles. I'd be surprised if they managed more than 1 mile/hour what with all the excitement they'd encounter along the way. So that's maybe 8-10 miles/day....
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-22-2014, 08:12 AM
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Views: 48,039
Posted By Selden Ball
My understanding is that Yamaha was hoping for...

My understanding is that Yamaha was hoping for the end of October, but I wouldn't be a bit surprised if it slips a couple of weeks. Yamaha's sound enhancement features are far more sophisticated than...
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