From Tony at Audioholics, "The big question is the new 360 Spatial room correction. Dirac has their spatial room correction solution
, which abandons the old method of correcting one channel at a time, instead using every speaker in a system simultaneously to optimize the reproduction of each input channel. Trinnov recently released...".
I didn't realize that the Sony room correction may go beyond Dirac Live, Audyssey, etc.'s Room Correction and be closer to Dirac's new ART and Trinnov's equivalent. This would corroborate Andrew Robinson's glowing review without going into detail, other than it sounded better than systems he's used with traditional Dirac. Very interesting, I can't wait for the upcoming detailed review.
It seems everyone is jumping into spatial audio, including Sonos with their leaked new Era line. Too bad Sonos and Apple are not getting along and Apple Music won't work on Sonos Atmos, and Denon and Sonos are not getting along.
All I want is a room-corrected, multi-independent-sub-bass-corrected, spatially-audioated, 7.2.4 atmos system with a Samsung Frame art exhibit look, that I can pipe to (Airplay) or from (various TV content like concerts) so I can have an audio art room plus home playing in high-fidelity, loss-less, spatial audio. With the tech right there, why is this so hard? There is good reason people give up and stick with vinyl two speaker stereo and crappy portable bluetooth speakers.
From what I am reading, I don't get the impression that the Sony 360 system does what Dirac does...
It appears that the Sony system does do speaker virtual repositioning - which is impressive - and until now that was a trinnov exclusive.
But there is no mention anywhere of impulse correction, or cooperative bass smoothing througout the listening area... things that both Trinnov and Dirac do.
And with Dirac ART - we have cooperative speaker use in combination with active reflection cancelling - another thing that the Sony system does not claim to do.
Right now we have differing spatial sound processing systems, that attempt to do different things in different ways - if your speakers and room are inherently imperfectly positioned, perhaps a system which virtually re-positions them to where they should be, will give better results than one that assume the speakers to be correctly placed, and then tries to adjust other parameters...
That would make the Sony system king of the multi-purpose living rooms...
But if your speakers are already well positioned, but you want to optimise the immersive effect by cancelling reflections - then Dirac ART (and perhaps the latest iteration of Trinnov) are going to be the best bet.
If you want to get even bass response throughout the room, it doesn't seem like the Sony system would be the best bet either.
A dedicated Home Theatre room, will probably be an environment where Trinnov will continue to rule - both due to price and capabilities...
A random living room, with lifestyle driven speaker layout, is likely to be Sony's domain.
A shared function living space, where the audio/video phile has had the ability to place the speakers either optimally or at some approximation of optimally, is likely to be Dirac's strong suit.
I don't think they set out to resolve the same problems!
Over the next decade, I expect that the features each have will converge, and they will become more similar, but right now, they have each focused on different aspects of performance, and will therefore best suit different environments.