I read that in the manual, but wondering how it does when people are seating off of the sweet spot. I wonder if some funky sound would be happening for them while my sweet spot would sound good.
With my 7.1 setup, with virtualizer off, it still says Atmos/DD+ to Atmos/DD+ 7.1 in the on screen info pop up running it from my Roku watching Aquaman UHD/Dolby Vision/Dolby Atmos.
Hum, I found it switched from Stereo on a 2.0 PCM app to Dolby Surround on a DD+ 5.1 soundtrack on Roku, automatically.
I'm not a gamer, never have. I've played with other's system and never found it interesting enough to buy my own systems. I'd rather listen to music or watch a movie or be on a 'forum'.
I believe the RZ50 offers Preamp preouts so it could be used as a processor for a 11.2 system with power amps. Pretty pricey to be used for just it's preamps. I'm sure there's better options out there for not much more money.
Thanks for the comments!
The Speaker Virtualizer does what it can but is not a replacement for real height speakers. It does work outside of the sweet spot as it uses all of the speakers in a given setup to create the effect but the MLP will give the best results. It only works with Dolby Surround and DTS Virtual:X. DTS Virtual:X is only selectable when using Speaker Virtualizer. Without it on, only DTS Neural:X is selectable for DTS upmixing.
I think I did mention that Atmos metadata will come over in a 7.1 setup with or without the Speaker Virtualizer on. But, it needs to be on in setups with less than 7.1 for the metadata to come through.
I misspoke a bit about memory. It does remember the last mode used for inputs. There was once an assignable mode feature with Onkyos. I remember somebody in a thread being upset that Onkyo dropped the feature. If one wants to compare audio output of different modes without cycling through them all using the MOVIE button, they can setup the MOVIE, MUSIC and GAME buttons to certain modes. You can leave the MOVIE button on Dolby Surround, the MUSIC button on Stereo and the GAME button on Direct. Then, change from one mode to the next by tapping the three different buttons. But, more than one tap will change the mode of that particular button. But, some odd switches in mode will occur. If using DTS Neural:X/Virtual:X for a PCM track, switching to an Atmos track forces stereo mode playback as Dolby doesn't allow DTS to process Atmos tracks on the Onkyo. Stereo mode seems to be the default when weird sound mode changes are forced.
I am enjoying gaming on the TX-NR6050. There are a couple of gripes. It does not support 1440p resolution and it is missing from the list of selectable resolutions when using an XBOX Series S. It supports VRR but not AMD Freesync Premium Pro. But, setting my XBOX to 4K @120Hz output and running a game in 4K HDR10 RGB 4:4:4 @120Hz is a thing of beauty and the Onkyo has no problem with it. This is possible because the Onkyo, XBOX and LG C1 support 40Gbps and uncompressed signals such as 4K HDR10 RGB 4:4:4 @120Hz fit within the limit.
If one isn't planning on using external amps, I wouldn't spend the extra money on the RZ50. But, that's just me. I'd like to check out the TX-NR7100. But, at about three times the price of the TX-NR6050, I'm not sure I'd enjoy it three times as much. But, if I keep getting the itch, I might scratch it.