Originally Posted by maikeldepotter
Exactly, DTS:X Pro can do what nor DTS:X nor Atmos can: Light-up all speakers in a high channel count system when playing a "7.1.4 hard-coded" track. I don't really understand the lack of sheer enthusiasm on this Altitude thread.
Cynicism? Maybe a little "I'll believe it when I see it"?
Some of us been burned too many times over decades by 1) audio/video formats & content that's abandoned or killed one to several yrs after the marketing hype (Sony is a big offender), 2) reluctance/delays with certain studios to embrace new formats (Fox with Blu-ray, Disney with home Atmos) 3) not utilizing the available channels (pre-Atmos: 5.1 vastly outnumbered 7.1) 4) under-utilization of mixing in 5.1 / 7.1 surround (titles with mostly music bleed & ambience instead of using directional surround for enhancing action), 5) mfg's rushing to release new hardware that's not fully equipped for the format (several yrs of 4K TV's with only HDMI 1.4) meaning it's obsolete out-of-the-box. Etc....
When Atmos first came out, many thought there'd be 100's of titles in Year 1, pre-4K. I correctly thought the opposite - lucky to see a dozen or so.
I am very happy that Atmos brought about much better & aggressive use of surround sound
in movies. But I have to add one more to my "burn" list, the one we're discussing: 6) hard-printed 7.1.4 vs using objects.
With audio, to me it seems studios are overly cautious, stuck-in-a-rut with adopting new formats or processing or maybe just like to take the lowest common denominator approach. Either way, it results in they and their content under-utilizing hardware's capabilities, whatever performance level or point-in-time. Hardware is always way ahead, sometimes years ahead, of software-content for the home video market.
I still have a last-gen Pioneer laserdisc player and 250+ lasers, hardly watchable now on a 4K TV
but hey I own the original, unaltered Star Wars trilogy on CAV discs; who can say that now? I went through 4 generations of LD players starting around 1980. LD was the premium home video format for ~20 yrs before DVD took over, what will be the case with UHD? It may last 5-10 yrs but we know the trend line isn't good.
I am very pleased to own a Trinnov, enjoy what it's capable of & am very glad they will give us DTS-X Pro and IMAX Enhanced.
But in general, I don't share a high opinion of studios & their choices. Sorry...