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DTS: X Pro is coming and will support more channels

DTS: X Pro, coming very soon, supports 30 main channels and two LFE channels in a variety of configurations.
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DTS: X Pro supports 30 main channels and two LFE channels in a variety of configurations.

If you want to create an impressive surround experience in your home theater, you can use Dolby Atmos and DTS: X , two codecs that enable object-based ‘3D audio’. But, soon you can take it a step further, because DTS comes with DTS: X Pro with which even more channels are supported.

DTS: X Pro is a ‘professional’ version of the DTS: X that we have been seeing on audio equipment for a few years. The new variant offers support for 30 main channels and two LFE channels, in many different configurations. The DTS upmixer, DTS Neural: X, will also receive a Pro upgrade, so you can always use all channels in your setup.

While this sounds interesting, the Pro is causing some confusion in the AV world. Basically, object-based codecs should have no limit to the number of channels at all. And a number of AV receivers currently already offer support for more channels. For example, the Denon AVC-X8500H can display Dolby Atmos with 7.1.6 channels without the need for a Pro version of the codec.

That said, there are already parties that indicate that they will support Pro. Trinnov, known for its systems for ultra high-end home cinemas, says that the Altitude 16 and Altitude 32 will support the new codec. For most of us, Pro version  will not be of interest, but it is interesting to see how DTS will position this version of the codec and which manufacturers will support it.

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