Virtual Height

Sliced Bread

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Just wondering whether you guys use up mixers to get Virtual Height and which ones you feel sound the best. I’ve been comparing Dolby Virtual and DTS X Virtual with their base sound tracks in 5.1 and feelings are mixed.

My receiver isn’t properly calibrated yet as I haven’t had time but Dolby Virtual feels a little more natural than DTS Virtual as DTS virtual just seems to move too much information to the rear speakers and also sounds out of phase. Dolby Virtual sounds better but vocals sound a fraction bright compared to the 5.1 mix.

Logic 16 is far more natural and while it fills the room it’s not technically adding the height channels. It has a nice 3D layer but it’s too 3D in that the action feels like it’s in the middle of the room and the seating position rather than on the screen, though this could be due to an uncalibrated system so the rears are too loud..perhaps

I’ll be trying Auro 3D out tomorrow to see how it compares
 

Sliced Bread

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So I’ve now configured the amp but not Dirac. So far Auro 2D to my ears sounds more natural and cinematic than the other modes. It also does a nice job of blending the speakers. Unfortunately Auro 2D does not add virtual heights (Auro 3D uses the heights so you cannot engage it without ceiling speakers) but the Moses I’ve tried with it just didn’t impress me. You hear a slight lift but the sound seems wrong in other ways. I’ll try again once Dirac is complete and try once more.
 

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