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    An audio engineer explains why Dolby Atmos Music is “definitely going to supersede stereo”

    Thanks, I hadn't bothered to look past 5.x ;> It's odd that Dolby refers to 'virtual speakers' for the most minimal 2.1 setup. No other explanations or details offered. But seems to suggest you can 'hear' something Atmos even with just 2.1 channels.
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    An audio engineer explains why Dolby Atmos Music is “definitely going to supersede stereo”

    I don't see how height speaks could place sources 'anywhere' in the horizontal plane. For 5.x for example it's notoriously hard to get precise , consistent 'side' imaging and levels ,i.e., between left front and left rear or right front and right rear. A circular panned test signal can reveal...
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    An audio engineer explains why Dolby Atmos Music is “definitely going to supersede stereo”

    You must be mistaking me for some other guys. I haven't even heard an Atmos track much less used anything like the term 'Atmos magic'. All I'm doing is wondering where the presented waveform difference between a standard issue stereo track and an 'Atmos' one (a downmix, reportedly) came from...
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    An audio engineer explains why Dolby Atmos Music is “definitely going to supersede stereo”

    It really depends how it's achieved. Various after the fact 'declipping' or 'dynamic range restorer' plugins have been available to consumers for awhile now. They kind of work. So it would not be a huge deal if that's all Atmos is doing. But if Atmos is doing the real thing ...providing or...
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    An audio engineer explains why Dolby Atmos Music is “definitely going to supersede stereo”

    A remaster starts from a stereo recording. A surround remix starts from a multitrack recording*. Very different things. (*Unless it's just an upmix..which some Atmos mixes reportedly are)
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    An audio engineer explains why Dolby Atmos Music is “definitely going to supersede stereo”

    Hmm, is that really the way to go? 7.x systems (where x = subs) have existed for awhile, though actual content with that many channels hasn't, but those are front and side and back speakers, and I thought the new twist for Atmos was the use of height speakers. I'm pretty sure 5.x systems are...
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    What to do about the ABX test?

    You quoted Wikipedia's correct statement: "An ABX test is a method of comparing two choices of sensory stimuli to identify detectable differences between them. A subject is presented with two known samples (sample A, the first reference, and sample B, the second reference) followed by one...
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    What to do about the ABX test?

    You exaggerate. Go there now and tell me how many new posts went up today. What *is* true is that the majority of posts these days are foobar 2000 related. Nothing wrong with that, as it's a free and highly configurable audio player, and popular among a certain demographic. HA hosts the f2k...
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    What to do about the ABX test?

    Indeed, and that's pretty much the objection I've posted every time he's posted such 'see, there *is* an audible difference' exercises. And we're talking all the way back to Hydrogenaudio days where Amir and Arny Kruger went at it frequently. Such forensic 'listening' is 'valid' in the sense...
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    What to do about the ABX test?

    Um, right. Now explain how any of that contradicts or negates what I wrote.
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    Michael Fremer Leaving Stereophile?

    Stanley Lipshitz should be on every 'scientific' audiophile's hero list. He was among those spearheading the first pushback in the JAES against Bob (Meridian) Stuart's dubious claim therein of the 'need' for consumer high resolution audio, back in the late 1980s.
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    What to do about the ABX test?

    it doesn't really add a third. The X is either A or B. Harman doesn't use them for speakers because ABX is a test for difference (or identity, to put it another way), not preference among things that do differ.
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    What to do about the ABX test?

    That's not what I wrote or meant. You wrote that most ASR members haven't posted blind test results for gear that they own, as if that was a problem. I wrote that I don't care that most ASR members haven't done that. I only care whether a post's claims needs a blind test to verify. This...
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    What to do about the ABX test?

    Who cares, so long as they don't make dubious claims about audio from sighted comparison? Be aware of the caveats that sighted perception of sound quality necessitates. Adjust your claims/observational reports accordingly. It's not that hard to do.
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    Why is Steaming Digital Music From Computer to DAC Bad?

    You're sure you still would be able to tell them apart, if you compared them just based on their sound? Because you aren't doing that currently.
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