Originally Posted by afrogt
Not at all.
If you have listened to a movies on a good 5.1 setup you would not say a good 2.0 setup is better.
5.1 also means you have a subwoofer and a sub is an integral part of the movie experience.
I have a 5.1 system with Energy RC-70 towers and there is no way I'd just listen to those when I have the option of using my subwoofer, center and surround speakers too. A good 2.1 setup is better than a 2.0. setup if you have a decent sub.
Now if you're just watching old movies/tv shows that were recorded in stereo it may not be a big deal. but watching a current blu ray movie recorded in TrueHD or DTS-MA is a major difference. And also like was said above, if you're listening nearfield on a computer setup that's a whole different situation. In a living room environment where you can accommodate a 5.1 setup the comparison is not even close.
I do not agree. Your view implies 5 is better then 2, when it's subjective. I simple think surround sound is only good in 3d environment you can move around to a threat sounding from behind. With movies is a static filmstrip. I do like a sub a little, but always prefer to let the speakers impress me, larger room just means bigger speakers. No need for 5.1. easy to make stands for monitors.
So many movies are not worth 5 speakers for me for the following:
special effect heavy movies just sound fake, I can tell its adr over mic boom, yuk. The mix drowns alot of the music & dilaouge out. I like a natural real feeling movie like Predator. Avatar & new star wars just have too much artificial sounds going on & I cant stand it anymore.
When my fav movies are always 2.35 ratio & cut the actors head off this cripples the experience. too many movies have a digital soft look with bad cg, greenscreen & irritating 24fps camera pans, it losses the immersion for me. So speakers dont help much. PQ is more important for me. Screens are so large where do you fit the center speaker? Basically Id rather stay at 2.0 & move up to 4K. Most blu-rays look like your wearing a pair of almost transparent sunglasses.
A 2.0 setup can also act a decent music setup.
So many TV shows have heavy dialogue I wouldn't get caught dead with centre speaker. Like LOST, it has some good sound effects, but overall its more enjoyable on 2 speakers.
II agree what rdclark says about Dimensionality, depth, movement, separation would be better in 5.1. But 2.0 has its pros & im sticking to it. Larger room means larger speakers. Some of these floor stands are huge & should fill a 10M long room no problems.