Originally Posted by Marc Alexander
Some people just want sound emanating from all speakers all the time. Others like the 3D ambiance that Auromatic provides throughout. I must admit that I am a Auromatic fan.
Auromatic seems to leave the original channels alone and the upmixing only affects the additional channels. I find it effective for music and even for some movies (mostly dialog driven). My son wanted to watch Sing on Netflix (5.1, not Atmos) and I liked Auromatic the best. It does no discrete extraction & placement of audio like the others but always seem to sound natural to me. The other upmixers don't always but there are many scenarios in which they are better.
My Fair Lady, The Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather - Auromatic
Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Avatar - DS or Neural X
My work around of the 7.1 "problem" (on a STEREO source like Internet Radio) of Auro on 11 channel receivers is that i use DTS NeuralX and boost channel level for the Front speakers, and lower channel level for the Center.
This way its exact like Auro-Matic 2D with SB speakers, but now also the Height speakers work.
And the far to heavy working Center in Dolby and DTS for Stereo is also gone, just like Auro is doing on Stereo sources.
As i only like this on Music i use channel level, so on other Stereo sources like the TV i stil get the more heavy Center.
I do not use a adjusted channel level on other sources, just Internet Radio, to mimic the Auro 2D / 3D stereo source effect, aka heavy fronts, less heavy center.
Now on all sources, all formats, all my speakers work, and with my "VOG" setup with the mono/stereo convertors i like what i hear