- a cool feature which somewhat relates to the comments above is the ability to have different speaker "mappings" saved as templates which can be quickly recalled for different surround modes. This is a common feature with higher priced SSP's like Datasat or Trinnov and greatly increases the flexibility of how the speaker layout is used.
Some examples of use cases I've seen people deploy with other processers:
- Being able to designate the height speakers as "Top Front + Top Rear" for Atmos playback, but having a separate template where they are designated "Front Height + Rear Height" for DTS:X or Auro3D playback.
- If you have a x.x.6 layout being able use a single pair of "Top Middle" speakers remapped as a dual mono array for the Auro3D "Top Surround" speaker (aka "Voice of God").
- If wide matrixing is not possible, having a saved template with the Surrounds + Wides designated as an array for SL/SR signals so the speakers are still used to broaden the surround immersion, while still having the standard template that can be used for native Atmos tracks
- Bonus points if the above scenario can happen with templates saving more detailed settings like level/delay... I know of Trinnov users who have a template where they feed the Front Wide speakers a copy of the FR/FL stereo signal but with some extra delay and reduction in level so they are sort of producing a synthesized lateral reflection to increase envelopment and keep those speakers in play vs. sitting there silent.
(also if you need another beta tester down the road in San Diego, I wouldn't say no