This is nothing to do with down mixing. You're streaming. Forget the mix. That is a distraction. Find a better source.
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This is nothing to do with down mixing. You’re streaming. Forget the mix. That is a distraction. Find a better source.
I really do miss the video store experience, and ultimately I’m watching to see new content. Of the four productions I was a costumer on pre-pandemic, two are on Netflix and one is released on Apple. The theatrical release (Free Guy) slated for July 2020, just got tabled ’til some guy’s nose in a theatre can’t kill us all.
And I know that streamed offerings are by no means comprehensive, I do buy physical music discs to support small artists. Or if a film is not available streaming, and I really enjoy it. But real estate is just too precious here to store a large catalog of physical media if it’s available elsewhere.
I understand that streaming is more compressed than blu ray or OTA. Surely there’s someone here who has experience decoding new media services on the various devices for this? Any Shield Pro or Apple TV users to weigh in comparing to Roku? Yes, these devices are all low-end, but there must be one slightly less affected.
I disagree with MC. Streaming as a source isn't as good a Blu Ray, (see other posts I have made today) but the gap isn't that far. 2 channel just isn't good for video. It works, but most video was mixed with the idea that a separate middle channel would handle the dialog. And then if movies such as Godzilla are the listening fare, you really want a sub for the LFE. A 3.1 system would be the bare minimum, and surrounds would help especially with action movies. You could also investigate sound bars since you don't want more speakers, but I hate them, so in good conscience I won't say more.
Define your budget. It doesn't have to break the bank, especially if you buy used. You could start with just an AVR (decent new ones for $500) and just add a center and a sub and then add other speakers later if you wish