Originally Posted by TimVG
In this respect - Auro3D, imho, makes a lot more sense, especially for the home environment. It's a pity it's not more popular than it is currently.
And I'm not just saying this because it was pioneered a few hours from where I live. The initial idea, before blockbuster movies implemented it, was to enhance the musical experience for listeners. I remember being told of a demo session from a few years back. The Brussels Jazz Orchestra which include some friends of mine were playing live in the main room at Galaxy Studios (Wilfried's recording venue) with live playback (video+auro 3D audio) in the dubbing stage. I wish I learned about it sooner so I could have been there. I was told it was quite superb, and I don't doubt it.
I'm not entirely convinced on the whole object based surround platform, especially the (down)mixes that are presented to the general public, at least from what I've experienced - apart from the specifically engineered Atmos blu-ray demo disc of course. And this is, imho, the real bottleneck at the moment of course - the mixes for playback at home. Many of them, very audibly, have the X-curve EQ'd into the mix. Dreadful!
But, it seems there's hope for the future. :-)
I could not agree more about the virtues of Auro3D. A couple of years ago at a CEDIA event, Wilfried saw me, invited me to his display, and I had a private demonstration of some custom audio/video tracks (one of which very effectively used the ear level speakers), The realism was persuasive. There were a couple of movie clips about which one can only say that sounds came from all around and they were engaging, and finally he played two music clips, without video. In one I was persuasively "in" a concert hall, orchestra up front and I could walk around a large area of the room without destroying the illusion - no sweet spot. The second put me at an organ recital in a cathedral. Without a doubt, this was the best rendering of orchestra or instrument in an acoustic space that I had ever heard. Very impressive.
Now I can do it at home (I will soon post a description of my system in the Revel and possibly other threads).
I have an interesting disc of Praetorius recorded in stereo, 5.1, Auro3D and Dolby Atmos. One can switch at will among them. In my system Auro3D wins easily. 5.1 would be my second choice and Atmos my last choice among the multichannel options. It was engineered by Dr. Hyunkook Lee of U. Of Huddersfield with input from representatives of the different formats. Delphian DCD34303 - I imported it from England. Obviously the final result is the result of human judgement on the parts of those supervising the mixes, so inherent superiority of any playback format has not been demonstrated, but it is another piece of information. Nevertheless, when multichannel music is good, it is very, very good!
It is a shame that Auro3D is not more widely known and distributed. I have heard that it is better represented in Europe and that it is very strong in Bollywood.