Thank you very much Mattias for your great contributions.
As you mentioned, I should have given the budget I’m willing to spend on this setup. For now, I was thinking of something between 1K and 2K to bring those 16 channels out of this awesome Dolby Atmos renderer to the analog world. Obviously, this doesn’t include the amplifier nor the speakers, just the Atmos audio to analog conversion.
Regarding your Lynx Aurora n, that seems to be exactly the kind of interface I’m looking for right now except for the price. But if that’s the minimum price to pay to be Dolby Atmos compliant, then maybe I should consider heighten my budget, not part of my short term plan at the moment though but I’ll keep that in mind for sure.
What I like about the Lynx Aurora n is the ability to customize it for your needs. But again here, to get 16-out, you need to add 16-in along with it. But I might try to reach them to see if that would be possible to get only the 16-out option and see how much saving I can get.
Another thing I really like from the video is about the calibration processing that could be taken out from the computer and taken fully in charge by the audio interface. And the possibility to upgrade the unit for Atmos support with a simple firmware update is a big huge winner point for me from a long-term perspective.
My findings so far
Here are the cheapest setup I’ve came across so far after doing a bit of searching and analysis:
- Audio interface choices by price preference order:
- 8 channel expansion:
- Aphex 141B thru ADAT. ($550 CDN)
No clock issues involved here since the unit only converts to analog whatever is on the ADAT input. Limited to 48 kHz though.
- Analog Breakout Snake:
DANTE / AVB / MANDI:
At start, I was thinking of using DANTE for the analog output distribution to speakers but in the end that seems a bit expensive and overkill for a small home studio setup.
In counterpart, AVB or MANDI might be better and cheaper alternatives but I’ll need to dig a bit deeper about which one might fit with my needs.
Also, I was thinking of using this networking feature so I could quickly switch audio from my computer to a home theater system for tweaking purposes with translation while mastering.
That’s pretty much it so far but I’m still doing further research and analysis that I’ll share here in hope it could be helpful to others.
Again, thanks for your inputs. Cheers!
* Price can be less depending on selected options.