Originally Posted by Milt99
When Bill doesn't respond to someone, I'm guessing it's beneath him.
That's one interpretation. Fear would be another.
Yeah, soundtracks are mixed specifically for 5.1 so why would you need a center channel or a subwoofer or surrounds?
Technically you don't; but without very precise control of the listening environment (think headphones), it can be quite difficult to position a sound behind you with speakers in front of you.
And actually: most (historically) are mixed for 1-3 channels, and most (modern) 9.2 or higher, as that's what's in theaters. 5.1 is a down-mixing (kind of like the phantom center process)
So Jerry why do you use 2 speakers for 2-channel?
Because it improved the quality of my dialog. I ran two paradigm sets of 3 fronts (one Studio, the other Sigs) and had difficulty understanding the dialog. Moving to a phantom cleared that right up. I ended up doing the same in one of the surround setups at my parent's house (energy bookshelves) for the same reason.
Why not just position one speaker in the center of the room?
You can save 1/2 on speaker purchases that way.
Because, while it's quite simple for two stereo speakers to project a soundstage between them, it's quite impossible for a single speaker to project a stereo sound-stage. If I ever tried it and it sounded better (or even as good) I would do exactly that.
Why aren't you running 9-channel?
These center channel questions are as dumb if not dumber than "do cables make a difference" threads.
Hey, suit yourself and bath in the 4.1 sound.
Actually: It's still 5.1, coming out of 4.2 speakers.