Originally Posted by jmschnur
What are the best settings to play the new IMAX enhanced beautiful planet with the 203? I have a Marantz 8805 and a Sony A1e.
I expect the disc will be like most other IMAX discs; 2.35 and 1.78 formatted picture sizes intermixed.
The Oppo will not be able to play HDR10+ (yet) so it will play the HDR10 layer.
The updated Denon and Marantz AVRs should switch to IMAX Enhanced DTS:X mode. But unless you have two front height speakers you won't experience the true IMAX Enhanced audio. IMAX theahers have center and high center channel speakers. IMAX Enhanced uses a new version of the DTS:X format that will mix sound to 2 front height speakers with sound to the center speaker to simulate the IMAX theater center height speaker position instead of requiring a new discreet center height speaker.
For the Beautiful Planet total experience today you would need:
- Panasonic UB820/UB900 disc player that supports HDR10+
- Panasonic or Samsung TV that supports HDR10+
- Denon AVR-X8500 or Marantz AV8805 that has the IMAX Enhanced DTS:X firmware update.
- Two center height speakers in addition to typical 7.1, 7.1.x, 5.1, 5.1.x speaker configurations.
Without center height speakers I believe the DTS:X mixing may send center height sound to front height speakers instead if you have a 7.1.2/4 or 5.1.2/4 speaker layout.
While A Beautiful Planet and other IMAX Enhanced discs will contain HDR10+, HDR10+ is not mandatory for IMAX Enhanced. But because IMAX has partnered with DTS for IMAX Enhanced, we likely won't see IMAX Enhanced discs with Dolby Vision or Atmos; formats from DTS competitor Dolby.