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Location: Wylie, Texas, USA
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FWIW, my rear row of seating is pretty much right up against the back wall of my theater (about 7' from the front row). According to most, 7.1 shouldn't work very well when sitting in my back row, but should work fine for my front row. Even though my front row is my main seat, I've occasionally sat in the back row and can't really tell any difference. Sounds great from every seat. I have Axiom multi-directional (quad-poles) speakers for the sides and rears.
I've tested 5.1 vs 7.1 via many, many sources and 7.1 always sounds better to me. Doesn't matter if the movie is 7.1 or not (there's not very many), adding PLIIx to them, improves the overall "surround sound" IMO.
I'll never have another theater with less than 7.1
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