Well just got back from a brilliant eye opening afternoon at Genesis UK. Was truly great to put some faces to online names. Big hello to those that attended and a massive thanks to Neil for taking the time to explain the systems so well.
First we were given a brief introduction to Auro 3D and how it is going to be implemented. I shall not comment too much on this as its a bit of a mine field at the mo and I will probably miss quote. But Auro 3D is very real and will soon be upon us! But, I have to say, with Neo X properly implemented it can sound almost as good. But I'll get on to that.
The first room we were taken to was the Ascot suite. This is build around the idea of it being more like what the every day living room could be like. So not a dedicated cinema room as such, but still a super impressive room.
All powered from of course the great RS20i and a pair of RA7300 power amps biamping all 7 main channels.
The speakers are the big Wisdom audios, and super impressive they are too. Together with the Datasat pro and amps it delivers possibly some of the most detailed performance I have ever heard. And a seriously fast attack. Really impressive stuff.
But what intrigued and impressed me the most of this room was the subs. Just 2 small 7 inch subs. I still can not get over the room shaking abilities of these two subs in the really fairly large room. The chairs were shaking nicely. Certainly has made me change my thoughts that a large cone is required for such bass shaking action.
The PJ used in this room what the Cineversum Black wing 2 and very nice it was too. But I shan't comment too much on this as its taking the thread off topic.
We then moved into the ICE suite. And boy was it cool. I mean seriously cool. From the very first part of the room. The door way, you are wowed as the doors open with a hiss from the air lock system.
Inside you are greeted by a beautifully designed room with seating in 2 rows to accomodate 5 people. The seats were extremely comfortable.
This room is again powered off the wonderful RS20i along with Barcos beta Auro 3D decoder / up mixer. This room runs a full 15.4 Pro Audio Technologies horn loaded speaker system. With their respective matching ICE powered DSP pro audio amps. The projector was also something super special and super expensive being Barcos DCI 4K special line projector. On a 4m Stewart Directors Choice DC100 2.0 screen the picture was just breath taking, so pin sharp. Def no need for 3d picture here. But it's the sound, that to me I'm interested in.
First we were given a selection of various films, I will not go thru them all but they were mainly played in NEO x using a 9.4 configuration. Standard 7.x plus front heights. And wow, the Ascot suite is good, but this is to a level one would not think possible. It's just so immersive. You can not locate any speaker. Just an all encompassing surround of sound.
The film clip that stood out for me was that of Jurassic Park. The scene where the TRex breaks thru the fence and destroys the cars ( and the poor bloke on the toilet ). This was, well, shocking. The rain felt like it was really coming from the sky, from all around. I could have sworn rear heights were running, but they weren't. And the bass in this room is so epic. When the TRex roars the whole place shakes. So much energy but also so pin sharp and fast at reference levels. This can only be achieved by seriously high quality equipment and room and electrical calibration by someone who seriously knows their onions.
We then moved on the the super exciting Auro 3D demo. We were played some native Auro content and some upmatrixed content. All giving yet another level of immersion that you just didn't feel was possible.
One particular dem was of a city scene in Amsterdam. Switching between typical 7.x layout and them full Auro heights engaged. With Auro on you were no longer in the ICE room, it felt as tho we were actually in the scene we were watching. The ambience was so real I find it hard to describe. Scary almost.
Then a bombardment of film clips, from cartoons to the latest Auro flick, Elysium. All super super stunning. Some native auro and some upmatrixed. It's quite hard to tell the difference between upmatrixed and native content. That just goes to show how good the upmatrix system is.
But after all that, to me, probably the most impressive immersive dem was that of Jurassic park in NEO X. Yes the Auro stuff had more of a seamless performance, I was just so shocked to hear a clip that I have been listening to for nearly 2 decades from various mediums sound so different and, well, real.
Hats off to Neil and co for all the work he has done, and bigger hats off to the guys at Datasat for making such an amazing processor that I am so proud to be an owner of.
Edited by djnickuk - 7/5/13 at 1:27am