Dolby Atmos vs DTS X update.

I had originally posted that I planned on revisiting Neural: X after replacing my Onkyo with a Denon AVR x1300w, as it seemed the behavior was different in the new AVR. Since I’ve had a lot more time to also experiment with Atmos and DTS X discs, I’d also like to share some thoughts on […]

New AVR, better DTS Neural: X performance?

I recently replaced my Onkyo TX NR-656 with a Denon AVR x1300w after the left surround channel went out. Revisiting Neural: X for two channel content, I immediately noticed a difference, and that difference was much better than my previous experiences. For one, the surrounds were no longer “out of phase”, and there was much […]

Chasing More Power is a Waste of Time.

Power ratings are one of the biggest advertising points used by manufacturers when selling amplifiers and receivers. Often times, the front of the box will have a big (often inflated) number printed on it saying something like “770 watts”, deriving this number by taking the 1khz, 1ch driven at 1% distortion rating (which is often […]

DTS:X vs Dolby Atmos. Part I: Speaker Layout

Both DTS:X and Dolby Atmos are relatively new audio formats that utilize objects instead of classical channel layouts. The metadata for the objects and their position in three dimensional space tag along either DTS HD/MA or Dolby TrueHD/Dolby Digital Plus. An Atmos or DTS:X processor then uses this metadata to position the sound across the […]

Welcome to my blog!

I started this blog as a sort of “dumping ground” for my thoughts, opinions, ideas etc. on audio and home theater related topics. My hope is that someone will find it useful, or at least amusing. I don’t have a ton of money so my system and setup is relatively modest. Nevertheless, I do appreciate […]