Originally Posted by sonic debauchery
you could wait to see if Dolby DTS X is implemented and then you can use an existing 9 or 11 channel set up...
DTS hasn't revealed much in terms of how it will implement it's latest technology with existing floor speakers and the additional height speakers required. As of today, there is no white paper for DTS:X. A lot of DTS effort has been in the marketing to drum up support for it's new sound object format, but very little on the technical details or setup requirements.
In other words it may take a year before DTS:X speaker configuration is ironed out. Compare that to Dolby were the full 24.1.10 speaker configuration has been laid out for immersive 3D sound and I remain skeptical that DTS can better this. At best, DTS will be equivalent to Dolby Atmos in terms of 3D sound - just as DTS-MA is equivalent to Dolby TrueHD in lossless movie soundtracks.
There is also the issue of content. Atmos soundtracks are available today, though the quantity and quality is lacking. Even if one doesn't get an Atmos soundtrack in the movie, there is Dolby Surround Up-mixer (DSU) that will take advantage of the height channels with traditional 5.1/7.1 Dolby TrueHD or DTS-MA lossless soundtracks.
How many DTS:X movies are available right now? One called EX MACHINA
to be released in July 2015.
When will DTS release their 3D object sound up-mixer? Maybe end of the year. But you'll have to purchase a new pre/pro/receiver to try this out. That's an expensive option for a single (so far) content format.
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Last edited by steveting99; 05-21-2015 at 11:08 PM.
Reason: typo and correction on availability of DTS:X content.