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In that review (from the German site areadvd) I see only seven channels EQued by Dirac Live; no Back surrounds, no second pair of Height surrounds, and no Subwoofer.
My question is: Is this Dirac Live for only seven channels or the full twelve channels on a Dolby Atmos/DTS:X full setup (7.1.4)?
I mean it's very nice to see Dirac Live now implemented inside the first AV receiver with a review. But for three-thousand European clams (about 6,000 loonies or $6,000 Canadian dollars), I sure want more than seven (or eight) channels being equalized by Dirac Live. Or might as well stick with the Emotiva XMC-1 pre/pro for $2,500 USD.
...Or buy a receiver (or pre/pro) that can do Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 7.1.4 and add a Dirac Live black box for one thousand clams (USD).
* This review, in my opinion, is less than complete...and sounds more like advertisement with prose to me.
For a serious machine like this, with a new serious EQ system that uses the computational power of your laptop, and with serious money asked for...I want the real pudding from areadvd staff, with much more than just one page. If areadvd is serious about their website audio/video magazine, they got to deliver. And here, again, they come up short of what they can do.
So the question now is this: Are they doing this as a favor to the companies they represent, or as a favor to us the customers who seriously want to learn it all?
Well, I think that each intelligent person here can answer that question on their own.
That review definitely needs a Take 2, with much more depth. I doubt that it will happen, so it is one member from somewhere who will take the real challenge for all our benefit.
I will investigate, and research further for concrete facts.
♦ Arcam/Dirac Live ... nice. But!
♦♦ Marantz/Denon || Auro-3D/Audyssey XT32 and add an external or two Dirac Live black boxes ... nice too. Arcam doesn't offer Auro-3D as an option.
And what's the best deal/value/combination/performance overall? ...And simplicity too. ...Plus the other best features (streaming and @ what kind of res). ...And! HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 for UHD with Arcam?
Fifteen kilos is not very heavy for a premium receiver. You need additional four power amps...so add to that 3,000 € Euros (German £).