Originally Posted by sdrucker
Before I sold you my copy of Blade Runner 2049 in Auro 😊 over the summer, you might remember I did an Atmos vs. Auro comparison in a Trinnov setup where I could switch between different layouts on my presets, and look at an input meter to see how channels were decoded/used by the renderers. I wouldn’t call the two mixes similar...rather different mix philosophies at work (assumedly but not 100% sure they started from the same stems). I posted it on another thread, but cimmented here.
Well, I've only done swap tests with the first half hour or so of Blade Runner (before my 7010 died) and at least at the time they certainly sounded more alike than different here from the MLP. I don't have the ability to simulate other speaker setups (like ceiling versus heights or side heights), but with my Monoprice switchbox, I can now choose between side height only, rear height or both at the same time OR rear height plus extracted speaker side height between front height and rear height.
I plan to get back to Blade Runner again soon (just sold my couch; my new front row chairs come in about a week from now) so I will do some more tests then (I can swap between them fairly quickly with KODI.). I do remember the other review from Ted saying he mostly noticed atmospheric/echo type differences. The interrogation/test voice came from the same spot here. The car flew overhead the same here as well. They seemed similar enough the first half hour I wouldn't have noticed a difference, I think. I've also now have three rows of seats (well two until the new chairs come in).
I did do a lot of testing recently with Red Tails with three rows and the different combos of height speakers. Certainly, for rows two and three using rear heights helped a lot with immersion (side height + rear height sounded great for all three rows). The top middle extraction (meant for Atmos and X) also worked great.
Frankly, other than direct comparisons it's hard to tell how much difference the mixes have other than no rear surrounds with Auro-3D. Even then, I found the Auro-3D demo effectively conveyed rear information well past the side speakers even from behind them with only them on. With rear heights engaged, it sounded similar in capability to Atmos 7.1.4 minus the lower rears.
I believe Nalleh has compared them all pretty extensively. I've got well over half in Atmos too so it's just a matter of time to watch them twice. Sadly, I'm about 50 movies behind as it is right now (about 20 of which are 3D video even). I've got 15 more on the way too. I watched The Meg and Solo in 3D with Neural X most recently.
Regardless, it's hard to gage which system can potentially sound better (speaker layout wise) when tbd
mixes themselves can vary so much. And I don't have side ceiling speakers to compare to the side heights either.
I think I may try some more scenes when I get home to compare. The proctor sounded center height at the time to me, but everything is more optimized now so we'll see.