Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman
If the minor DTS: X upgrade of a semi- Center Height speaker output (the sound comes out of the front center and the Center Height or both front overhead speakers in order to phantom somewhere in the middle, though, it is anyone's guess as to how noticeable this extra audio will be in the grand scheme of things) is not tied to IMAX Enhanced branding, then there is no reason this processor couldn't add this feature in some way or other. These DTS: X tracks will still play at a maximum of a standard 7.1.4 layout if you don't have the "special DTS sauce" for their brand of 7.1.5.
The other thing is HDR10+ pass-through, which is not tied specifically to the IMAX Enhanced program (it is an option; HDR10 is still the minimum HDR format required like any UHD Blu-ray disc), but that is based on the capabilities of the included HDMI chipsets and whether they can be upgraded or not.
Everything else IMAX Enhanced related has to do with how they transfer and master the video, mix the soundtrack, and whether your TV has the IMAX tone mapping and PQ mode included. Basically, those parts are out of Emotiva's hands and nothing to do with their processor.
Well if the list below is accurate it might be a possibility, I believe Emotiva is using the same HDMI chipset as Marantz (at least their better models). I imagine in a couple years everyone will be clamoring for a new HDMI board to do something new.
Happy to see my 900F is on the list, though I’ll have to wait and see if I really care or not.
I used to do two centers in parallel above and below the screen, loved the phantom image placement. I’m using a single (better) center now below the screen, dialog is improved, but I slightly miss that it doesn’t come smack out of the middle of the screen anymore.
IMAX Enhanced certified products
SR6013 – firmware update (January 2019)
SR7013 – firmware update (January 2019)
AV7705 – firmware update (January 2019)
AV8805 – firmware update (October 2018)
AVR-X4500H – new model
AVR-X6500H – new model
AVC-X8500H – firmware update (October 2018)
Edit: Should have just linked the page: https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.ph...&id=1536561166