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    Hi Jens

    The SOUNDBAR+ supports Linear PCM as found on Blu-Rays) it does not support any form of DTS. 

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    Jens Damgaard

    Great, thanks!

    Now get off the internet, so we can have the white version shipped asap! ;)

     

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  • Can I 'Heart' that last comment?

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    Jens Damgaard

    Hi

    Thanks for answer, however I’m still a bit confused here.

    I was made to believe that the atmos metadata (such as height channels) was buried in either DD+ or TrueHD, but that is not the case?

    I am trying to build a plex streaming setup, and want to match the client hardware (Nvidia Shied or Apple TV4k to the atmos content which the sound bar can produce - so to say.

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    Jens Damgaard

    Hi again Tony,

    Following the above, please find the following from Dolby's own webpage, under the "Why cant I just send PCM?"-section.

    "Additionally, there is NO way of sending Dolby Atmos over PCM over HDMI, so you have to send Dolby Digital Plus or Dolby TrueHD to get the Dolby Atmos experience."

    https://developer.dolby.com/blog/dolby-audio-over-hdmi-part-2-signaling-and-carriage/

    Looking forward to hear your elaboration on above.

    PS. I have already preordered the soundbar from your Danish retailer, so I just want to have the remaining equipment ready for launch :D

    PSS, I sincerly hope that its the real Dolby Atmos format (TrueHD) and not the lower-end Dolby Digital Plus :O

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  • Hi Jens,

    Let me jump in here as I've been following this thread. Thanks for your question and glad you are on the list for SOUNDBAR+ from HiFi Klubben!

    To partially answer your question...yes, the PULSE SOUNDBAR+ can handle Dolby TrueHD! The Atmos object audio is indeed transmitted via the TrueHD codec in that case. But, please allow me to clarify how our implementation of Atmos works. We are using a virtualized approach to Atmos, as our soundbar has no upfiring speakers. A significant part of the audio chain in the SOUNDBAR+ is the processing area that handles EQ, virtualization, compression, etc etc. In this section of the audio chain, the signal will get downmixed to 48kHz. There is really no way around the special processing, as our Atmos implentation requires it.

    So will the PULSE SOUNDBAR+ handle a TrueHD source...yes. Will it output at full bandwidth...not in this case.

    Thanks again!

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    Jens Damgaard

    Thanks, Matt! Appreciate the clarification and sounds like I'll need a client which can output TrueHD then :) (even though the upwards-firing channels will (obviously) be stripped from the signal). 

    Before I head to the suggestion-area, is there (in theory) anything mechanically preventing you from allowing adding one/two Flex 2i's as roof/ceiling speakers (I am aware that this will probably only be relevant to insane persons (like this idiot from Denmark who spams your forums))? Like you have implemented the "regular" surround sound.

     

     

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  • Nothing mechanically would prevent adding Flex as ceiling speakers, as we have a wall mount (WM100) that supports this in theory. Our Atmos implementation, however, wouldn't take advantage of having specific height speakers in the group, as the height objects are "virtualized"...but in terms of surround sound, of course ceiling speakers are used very often for the rear surround channels! I have not heard of anyone ceiling mounting the Flex yet, so please send a picture if you do!

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    Jens Damgaard

    Ah sorry man, I might have been unclear.

     

    I meant if there was anything preventing you guys from implementing "true" height speakers - such as allow people to use flex's as roof speakers. Just like how you allow people to use flex's as rear speakers. 

    But I understand it as that your virtualization of the height channels does not allow for actual physical height speakers instead of the virtualization (even at a later stage further down the road).

    Thanks for the help!

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  • Ah, sorry for my misunderstanding.

    I will say, before I go, that it's really hard to know what will be possible down the road. Our products are getting better and more flexible all the time via software. For now, though, you are correct - it's the special 'virtualizing' software that handles all of the Atmos height objects. Of course, Flex as surrounds will play an important role in that, but not as true physical height speakers at this time.

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    jon scowen

    Ahem, and the black too please.

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    Jens Damgaard

    Arhg man,

    Thought we had a thing going here. I just received news from HiFi-Klubben that my white version has been delayed by 1,5 months! You guys out of spray cans or something?!

    Anyways, do you know if the estimated shipping date of approx. 31 May from your webstore still holds up? 

     

     

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  • Sorry about that... Canadian Tire was out of white Tremclad.

    #OhIfItWereThatEasy #WeDontBuildTheseInMattsBasement

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    Jens Damgaard

    I know that you just dip 'em in bleach. Can't be that hard im sure, 

    But on a serious note, does the estimated shipping date (31st May) on the Bluesound Webstore still hold up?

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