Originally Posted by JapanDave
Thanks for the detailed explanation, will certainly be interesting on what they decide to do.
That brings me to another question, what kind of horse power will we need for the additional height speakers etc? Will they be expected to play at reference when needed? If so, some pretty big speakers will be needed to be secured to the walls for sure. I am not sure many people will be able to have full size speakers in those suggested positions.
And since Dirac only handles 12 channels now, will that be upgraded to handle all 16 on the RS20i?
I don't believe there will be any demanding power requirements for the height channel speakers to be honest Dave. Sure they will have to be able to reach reference SPL competently but they will not need to be full range, as they will cross over to the sub(s) in the same way the other surround speakers do.
I would also expect them to be reproducing less signal information than even the standard surrounds - mainly ambient and spatial effects with occasional specifically directed surround effects.
Any standard in wall or on wall surround speaker, or mini-monitor, will suffice - ideally matching (or at least timbre matching) the rest of your speakers.
As far as Dirac is concerned, it was my understanding that the full 16 channels gained Dirac optimisation capability with the Dolby card update?
More the issue now is running out of channels. Once you have 13 main speakers in play, you only have three channels for subs, and that's negates bi-amp systems utilising the RS20i as an active cross-over. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Auro update includes a hardware card with a additional 8 channels on it.Edited by Wookii - 1/25/14 at 12:35am