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DDRC-88A - 7.2.4 with 2 units 6 years 11 months ago #22536

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Hi Flavio. Thanks for posting that pic! I have made a new pic to show Atmos on the Denon display, to make the point better :) It has automatically updated here.

My 'open box' unit has been previously activated so I am waiting for miniDSP to manually activate it for and add it to my Dirac account. As soon as that is done, I will run my new 7.2.4 Dirac calibration, which I am very excited about. Full Dirac Live on all 11 channels!

As I said over at AVS, when I have done the cal I will write a short Tutorial giving a step-by-step account of my method, which may help others thinking of going this route.

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DDRC-88A - 7.2.4 with 2 units 6 years 11 months ago #22557

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This is the brief report of my experience so far with my twin DDRC-88A's, originally posted at AVS Forum:

I spent several hours today setting up my second DDRC-88A to give full Dirac Live EQ on all the speakers in the 7.2.4 system. I will soon be publishing a step-by-step guide to the procedure, which is lengthy but remarkably simple and straightforward.

The big question I am guessing that most people who might consider going down this same path want answered is: so…. how does it sound? And is it worth the investment.

I have only just finished the two calibrations and have not had much opportunity yet to do in-depth listening evaluation. However, I can say without doubt that it is better than before.

There is a clearly audible difference, as one would hope when all 11 speakers are EQd. Is it worth another $950? For me, yes. For others, YMMV. I am hearing a ‘fuller’ sound from the overheads on Atmos demo content. I suspect it is the timbral match which the EQ has performed. But if you look at the Dirac ‘before’ graphs, the overheads’ FR was pretty dreadful, so it clearly shows a need for EQ up there. The sound also seems more ‘cohesive’ - hard to put into words. Am I happy with the result? You bet I am. Was it worth the money and the effort - yes for me it definitely was. And I have the peace of mind of knowing I have done it 'right'.

I’ll post the Dirac results graphs for the overheads later - I am bushed now and I want to watch an Atmos movie with this new, richer, fuller timbrally matched overhead speaker experience. What I will say now is that the graphs show a very clear need for EQ in the overhead speakers and my listening tests so far confirm the benefits.

It is surprisingly easy to run two 88As together but there are a large number of steps. I also have 4 ‘spare’ channels of course on the second 88A, so I am good for 9.1.6 Atmos, if any AVRs supported it. WOOT! Datasat eat your heart out :)

If anyone wants to read my step-by-step guide on how I set up the twin 88As it is downloadable in PDF form from my DropBox:

dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/9653266/Imag...DDRC-88A%20Units.pdf
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DDRC-88A - 7.2.4 with 2 units 6 years 11 months ago #22635

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What a great report! Thanks for the info Keith and we'll certainly push your great tutorial to the Community forum (minidsp.com/support/community-powered-tutorials). Great effort that deserves exposure for the whole community! :-)

Thanks again for your feedback and hoping you're enjoying your 16ch Dirac Live setup!

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DDRC-88A - 7.2.4 with 2 units 6 years 1 week ago #28784

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I am really curious..is there every going to be a unti that adds additional speaker support IE for Atmos?... I think adding 2 units is somewhat a tricky and overkill project if you ask me...

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DDRC-88A - 7.2.4 with 2 units 5 years 11 months ago #28945

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I am really curious..is there every going to be a unti that adds additional speaker support IE for Atmos?... I think adding 2 units is somewhat a tricky and overkill project if you ask me...


@ dlynch34, A good question.. :-) Unfortunately our policy is to never talk of our product roadmap so we can't comment much on this question I'm afraid.. :-( Sorry.
Quite few people have ATMOS with the DDRC-88A, it isn't as hard as it seems.. It's just a matter of switching USB connection . With the DDRC-88BM, it provides configuration abilities not available on any other platforms I think..

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