Dirac Live/Spatial Room Correction

I think Dirac is a great room EQ. It receives too little attention in this community. Here are some Dirac Live clips from the Chief Product Officer and the engineers.

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The genesis of Dirac…get familiar with the terms like FIR vs IIR and DLBC.

New Dirac Spatial Room Correction.

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Was just reading up on this today. Looks potentially revolutionary. At the same time, the barriers for entry seems even higher, this may be reserved for the top tier rooms using Storm Audio or other 16CH DIRAC based processors.

Using the other speakers in the room to actively reduce the reflections from one speaker output is a great concept - basically active room acoustics. But at the same time, wondering if traditional acoustic treatment panels on the walls of the rooms may be similarly effective in the 100-500hz range for the low mids.

For bass, the existing surround / atmos channels may not have enough meaningful output and headroom to actively manage reflections below 100hz… It may require surround and atmos channels to be several steps up in performance, approaching the mains channels as well…

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If Dirac succeeds in this new endeavor, it will be a game changer in the RoomEQ realm. Very interesting approach to get every seat a “good seat”…

Dont have so high hopes… i dont think this is going to work… Dirac tend to over promise under deliver

Based on what i have seen so far, they are using the cancelation technique… rather than using phase to sum… So we are talking about using “More” headroom from all the speakers at surrounds and surround backs to cancel a given frequency. What we want is to preserve as much headroom, but their technique seems to be doing the exact reverse, using up more headroom from speakers to cancel a mode. Whilst you see an improved freq response, you are forgetting how much headroom this is taking up to achieve that, not to mention time correction required. We want the subs and speakers to be cruising… but this is like defying gravity

fundamentally, i dont think its going to sound good using cancellation technique… of course you are going to have sound , but whether or not it is going to sound good is another question. there is a lot more to cater for other than just amplitude and seat to seat variation… you improve the amplitude, but you create another problem elsewhere. there is going to be so much filters in use and delays that is just going to affect the sound in the end…

It is a lot easier to use acoustic panels to treat problems >100hz, and EQ for freq <100hz… that makes more sense …

i believe using so many filters and eq for correction is going to make it sound worse off… personally i feel if Dirac takes this approach, they are going backwards…

When it comes to Phase, Summ is always, always better. Subtract and cancel to achieve a beautiful looking graph ? No Go, no matter how beautiful the graph is…

I have to applaud Dirac for trying something new… Fundamentally it doesnt sound right to me. Hopefully they can prove me wrong…

Thats my personal view…

Hope they make this happen and also at affordable rates rather than charging hand and leg price for additonal room eq modules like Bass management

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