Witchdoctor Studios

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This system uses a Marantz 7702 processor and an Auro 3D 11.1 setup, a DTS Neo-X/Audyssey DSX setup, and an Atmos 7.1.4 setup. Notice the center height channel attached to the ceiling above the screen, the wide channels to the sides of the L-R channels, the surround and surround height channels on the sides of the room, the dual VOG/top surround speakers above the MLP and the rear surround channels in back. The sources are a Sony UHPH1 Universal Player, an X-Box-1 for gaming and an Onkyo DP X-1 for streaming which can also fully render MQA. Future projects include adding room treatments to the back wall and a second sub. Speakers are Paradigm ACTIVE Reference Series and a Sunfire TSEQ 10 subwoofer.
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Yes I have a dual center channel. The one below the screen is the Paradigm Active CC and is connected via XLR. The one above the screen is the Paradigm Cinema 400 and is connected via RCA. Both speakers use the same tweeter and match perfectly. It is the type of upgrade that once you hear it you can't go back to just a single center channel. I don't know how important it would be on a smaller screen though.
 
As for which codec to use it depends on the content. old movies mixed in mono sound best with wide channels engaged via Audyssey DSX or DTS-NeoX. Live recordings also sound FAR better upmixed with the wide channels engaged via DTS Neo-X.
For studio recordings I like to use the Auromatic upmixer either 2D or 3D depending on the genre. Acoustic music and jazz trios sound better with Auro 2D. Big bands, orchestras, rock and especially EDM sounds better in Auro 3D.
I like stereo when I am listening to MQA tracks and want to replicate as close as possible to what the engineer heard when mixing it in the studio. The Marantz has something called Pure Direct mode which disengages most of the DSP for 2 channel.
As for Atmos I am not much of a fan of DSU and mostly use it for content mixed in Atmos. Waiting until the new HDMI standards come out before upgrading to a 4K PJ.
 
Very nice setup. I love the way you put everything. Also, love the air hockey or pool table setup.. Can't tell which is which from the pic. :)
 
Very nice setup. I love the way you put everything. Also, love the air hockey or pool table setup.. Can't tell which is which from the pic. :)
Thanks, that's an air hockey table. We have all the rooms connected for whole house audio via the DTS Play-Fi ecosystem so can play tunes in there too.
New project this week-end, adding a 2nd sub in the back of the room. It might require an on wall installation and I'll try and post pics. Hopefully it will work out nicely.
 
If you look at the immersive setup they use at Abbey Road its similar, active speakers on tall stands, a center height channel, a pair of VOG speakers but they use like 8 subs LOL. The bed channels are monitors sitting on subs:
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I agree on Auromatic for studio recordings. That my go-to way of listening, also!
As for which codec to use it depends on the content. old movies mixed in mono sound best with wide channels engaged via Audyssey DSX or DTS-NeoX. Live recordings also sound FAR better upmixed with the wide channels engaged via DTS Neo-X.
For studio recordings I like to use the Auromatic upmixer either 2D or 3D depending on the genre. Acoustic music and jazz trios sound better with Auro 2D. Big bands, orchestras, rock and especially EDM sounds better in Auro 3D.
I like stereo when I am listening to MQA tracks and want to replicate as close as possible to what the engineer heard when mixing it in the studio. The Marantz has something called Pure Direct mode which disengages most of the DSP for 2 channel.
As for Atmos I am not much of a fan of DSU and mostly use it for content mixed in Atmos. Waiting until the new HDMI standards come out before upgrading to a 4K PJ.
I agree with you on Auromatic 2D... that's my go-to upmixer for studio recordings. It does the best job of holding the front soundstage together while stretching sound down the sides of the room.
 
I agree on Auromatic for studio recordings. That my go-to way of listening, also!


I agree with you on Auromatic 2D... that's my go-to upmixer for studio recordings. It does the best job of holding the front soundstage together while stretching sound down the sides of the room.
Have you posted a pic of your set up on the forum yet?
 

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