Originally Posted by zuluwalker
This sounds cool. I am excited by the idea, but you just have to wonder how far away we may really be from this type of application in the dedicated home theater? A year? Two to three years? Ten years?
"You have how many speakers!?!"
This stuff is a ton of fun
Back in 2004, I had the chance to attend at the Multimedia University in Paris to a demonstration of Tom Holman's mythical 10.2 prototype, made by the Master himself.
His system based on high end Pro equipments, produced some sort of an "out of the world" type of sound, as it had an unlimited dynamic capacity with an real-life type of envelopment. It easily reproduced reality. For me it was a sort of "revelation
Now this was a period of time when main stream 5.1 installation were starting to be accepted and when 6.1/7.1 configuration were being thought of as the next decade
So when just 5 years later in 2009, the Onkyo 5007 with a built in Audyssey DSX capacity was launched, I NEEDED to take the plunge and I took it. At that time I had a Klispch THX Ultra 2 7.1 (2) pack, so I immediately bought another 4* KL650s to have all identical 7 fronts, as per Audyssey DSX scheme.
But it ended up that very unfortunately the Onkyo 5007 had only a Wide or
Height DSX capacity and I though was starved of the... "light". I then had the Onkyo 5508 which was "only" 9.2 W+H capable for my 11.2 installation... so still a starvation. Which partly changed with the acquisition of a Denon 4311 and it's "pseudo" DSX 11.2 capacity...
Today after a Denon 4520, I own a Marantz 8801 which is used with its DTS Neo X 11 cinema processing... and this is what I was waiting for since hearing Tom's 10.2 system back in 2004. So it took it (only) 9 yrs to become a commercially "affordable" reality.
All this to say that with the DTS-SRS MDA objects encoding, I think that beyond the number of channels/speakers, the next early step will be identifying in an installation the precise location of its channels/speakers, as to adequately adapt the sound reproduction to each individual environment.
After that, my opinion is that the Audio/Video reproduction as we know them, will possibly be replaced by something totally different, probably a direct neural connection which will enable the brain to "simply" reconstitute a global message through all our 5 senses...
HugoEdited by Hugo S - 3/31/13 at 3:29am