Originally Posted by Marc Alexander
The Lyngdorf MP-50 is being moved downstairs to the den (5.3.2).
I submitted two feature requests to Lyngdorf. One to allow speaker layout changes without restarting RoomPerfect. The other to allow remapping of the XLR outputs. Lyngdorf will not be offering either option. (I will post more details in the MP-50 thread.)
I must admit that I am disappointed. The Lyngdorf is a fine piece and just lacking the flexibility I expect in a 16ch processor. The European and Americn approaches to home cinema differ a bit. Lyngdorf reflects this.
In the MP-50, whenever a speaker layout is changed, RoomPerfect must be restarted. This makes it difficult to compare layouts and impossible to A/B compare discrete processing vs matrix summed (Wides & Top Mids). One cannot have discrete Wides for Atmos and matrixed Wides for Auro3D (for example) without either discarding RoomPerfect or maintaing several configs and rebooting the unit (~2 mins) each time.
Because the XLR outputs cannot be remapped (i.e. Wides in place of Surr Back) any layout using any one of the following speaker locations will limit or eliminate the option of using corner subwoofers/BWs:
The use of BWs (Boundary Woofers not Big Women
) is a core pillar of the Lyngdorf/RoomPerfect philosophy and design.
Take a simple 5.1 system. Add the 4 overhead Auro3D Heights, Center Height and Top/Vog and you have the standard Auro3D 11.1 config/layout (which also works well for Atmos & Dts:X). Can you add 4 BWs? No, only two.
If you want to add Front Wides (7.1.4) or Top Mids (5.1.6) for Atmos you can. But how many BWs can be supported now? Zero, none, nada, Zilch, ∅.
As both a power user and integrator, these limitations are somewhat puzzling and disappointing for a $10k 16ch processor.
Take the above scenario but what if we could use Top Mids (Atmos) as Top/VoG for Auro3D? Makes perfect sense but not on the MP-50. These scenarios and more are simply executed on StormAudio, Acurus and Trinnov. The upcoming Monoprice HTP-1 should also have this functionality at a fraction of the cost.
I took a leap of faith on the MP-50. I wanted to see what RoomPerfect was all about despite it utilizing an obselete video chipset (HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 support/features but limited to HDMI 1.4 speeds, 10.2 Gbps). It was to just tide me over until the Emotiva RMC-1 or Marantz AV8805 came out.
I still have much love for the MP-50. but I am advancing and she has become stagnant. She's content where she is in life. She dropped out with only two classes left but she just won't complete her degree. There are places I want to take her but she won't get in. I don't want to cut her loose but my needs aren't being met. Juggling two gets expensive.
For now I will move the MP-50 downstairs to the den. It becomes my secondary and the NAD will have to go. We'll see how RoomPerfect performs vs DL in this large untreated space.