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I'm not sure what the technical differences are between the two, but I can tell you that, to me, Dolby Surround upmixing sounds better than Neural X on my Denon 7200WA.

With Neural X upmixing stereo DTS sources, I've noticed that dialog and other front audio effects occasionally bleed into the surround channels. This never happens with Dolby Surround. In fact, Dolby Surround does such an incredible job of upmixing stereo movies that many of them sound like discrete surround mixes.
 

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I do notice when putting the audio on nueral it seems like the center is louder and possibly the fronts are too , for sure you hear less loudness from the rear surrounds . Is this the opposite you are getting ?

IM gonna do some testing tonight
 

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I do notice when putting the audio on nueral it seems like the center is louder and possibly the fronts are too , for sure you hear less loudness from the rear surrounds . Is this the opposite you are getting ?
I haven't noticed a difference in volume level between D.Surround and Neural X. Also haven't noticed any differences in quality when upmixing 5.1 to 7.1. They're both good at that.

I was only describing the differences I could hear when upmixing stereo movies. I was watching Clash of the Titans the other night (DTS MA Stereo), and noticed that Neural X was occasionally letting some of the dialog bleed into the rear channels, which sounded quite unnatural. Dolby Surround never does that.
 

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Dolby Surround extracts ambient (uncorrelated) content from the base layer speakers, so the overhead sound is more about extending diffuse immersion overhead vs. trying to pinpoint effects. DTS Neural:X extracts correlated sound, so you'll get more precise "discrete sounding" effects moved to the overheads. Compared back to back, Dolby Surround will sound more "spacious" whereas DTS:Neural:X will sound more "aggressive" and "discrete" (ie. more audio coming from the height speakers).
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Just pick the mode that sounds best for you. Realize what sounds best may change - sometimes one is better for one movie and another is better for another movie. They both do similar things and since you have both, it doesn't hurt to try.
 

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What worf said,
you can read about this, just google for "dtsx-vs-dolby-atmos-part-ii-dolby-surround-vs-dts-neuralx"
the link from rantingsofamadaudiophile is it, i cant insert links right now, need more posts ;)
i personaly use mostly DTS Neural:X, especialy just for watching standard TV.
 

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You can only use Neural:X only for DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS:X right?

And you can only use Dolby Surround for Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Atmos correct?

For example, can you use Neural:X with Dolby Atmos or Dolby TrueHD?
 

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On early receivers, they limited you depending on the incoming format. A while later, they let you use either regardless of the sound format.
 

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I'm not sure what the technical differences are between the two, but I can tell you that, to me, Dolby Surround upmixing sounds better than Neural X on my Denon 7200WA.

With Neural X upmixing stereo DTS sources, I've noticed that dialog and other front audio effects occasionally bleed into the surround channels. This never happens with Dolby Surround. In fact, Dolby Surround does such an incredible job of upmixing stereo movies that many of them sound like discrete surround mixes.
I've watched some old 2.0 mono movies with Neural X engaged by default (since the movie was DTS-HD) on my Denon X6300 and it was almost as if I had turned on 7 channel stereo. I'm not sure what it's trying to do with these movies but, I am not a fan. The effect is very distracting. Dolby Surround leaves these films alone so that they sound like a mono movie should.
 
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Aside from what kind of material these upcoders produce, they appear to EQ material differently, with Neural X (and others) imposing what sounds like Room Gain type EQ on its material. Dolby Digital, to my ears, has a neutral tonal balance.

On my new Yamaha AVR, which offers several surround modes (many of them unique to Yamaha), Dolby Digital is consistently the least intrusive and most subtly effective. Neural X's EQ seems to affect all channels and degrades the articulation a bit.

For old mono movies where DD upcoding is inactive, I find that Yamaha's "Munich Hall" DSP adds a little depth via a subtle form of slap echo that mimics being in a cinema pretty well.
 

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I understand this is an old thread, but thought I give my thoughts anyway. Obviously, it's personal preference between either Dolby Surround or DTS: Neural X as with which is 'better'. My personal preference is Dolby Surround by a considerable margin. That's not to imply that Nueral isn't any good, but I've found that Dolby Surround is more balanced, nuanced, and natural. I tested both in certain key scenes (which I chose) from 'The Predator' (pretty naff movie, but reference sound design). Without going into a long treatise here, in summary I personally find that Dolby Surround reproduces ambience and music better by expanding the entire sound field upwards, thus placing ambience more naturally around the sound stage and making it feels larger and more spaced out (in a good way). Individual effects (or 'objects') that are supposed to be in the height (I use 7.2.4 in ceiling speakers) are also accurately placed as well. For example, in 'The Predator' at around the 34 minute mark, a shotgun blast is fired within the bus directly upwards and the shot and reverberation is well established and cleanly heard using Dolby Surround. Conversely, Nueral X normally places only key sounds or objects with it thinks out to be placed above in the height channels and virtually ignores ambience and music expansion. Also, I found that with Neural X, the soundstage becomes more unnaturally aggressive to the point of being offensive, and that the LFE's from my two subs (dual calibrated using Audyssey Dual Sub EQ) are also unnaturally pronounced, aggressive, and less balanced/well integrated into the sound field. And using the previous case in point about the shotgun blast in the bus, that Nueral X was considerably more aggressive but, but again felt unnaturally so within the sound field. With Dolby Surround you can hear the shotgun blast and the reverberation upwards perfectly loud and clear but simply sounds more natural and not as forced as when Nueral X attempts the same thing.
 

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For me, I'm noticing on my x2400 that Nueralx sounds brighter than Dolby surround.
 

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Stop calling it Nueral, it is Neural.
 

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Spoiler alert for war for the planet of the apes below.

Old thread but I'll chime in with my experience in terms of the differences.

I have my equipment set up so that I have a seven-channel amp driving the bed layer. My four Atmos speakers are driven by my AVR's amps. So in my setup, I turn off the 7-channel amp so the only speakers active are the four ceiling speakers.

I compared the movie 2 guns (2013) with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, and war for the planet of the apes (2017).

In the movie two guns, the first five minutes, they're on the road and there's a soundtrack playing. Neural X puts some of the soundtrack in the ceiling speakers. Dolby surround does not.

In war for the planet of the apes, there's a scene with an avalanche. There are trees snapping, and snow flowing. Dolby surround was subtle in that the overhead speakers included sounds of trees snapping, and wind blowing. Neural X seemed have less of the tree snapping sound, But had this wind blowing, and more sounds probably coming from the bed layer.

I personally use neural X because I like hearing the sound coming from the ceilings. Even if it is more aggressive than Dolby surround. So that's my preference. But from my experience, Dolby surround is better for ambient sounds.

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Deleted. Makes no sense I responded to a very old thread :)
 

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Can someone break this down for me , im not seeing any difference here which switching the modes during movies
I've always found Neural X to be more "forward", maybe that's louder or more oompph, or not really sure how to describe it! I'm also not sure, but I find it to work really nicely for DTS tracks, more so than Dolby tracks. That might be coincidental, and also a small sample size on my end. But a few titles I have are incredible with Neural X upmixing from their standard DTS tracks. Not that Dolby sounds bad, not at all. It's just different. You gotta experiment.
 

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'Dolby has a virtual option to create a height effect in a 7.1 system that you can toggle on and off not seen this option with DTS X ?.
 
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