Originally Posted by CElee
well if a home owner has a 7 speaker setup, the question would be why would he take a 5 speaker output over 7?
I'm assuming more often then not, that even if a DTS or Dolby signal is mixed as 5 only, they would still want the matrix of the 7.
Just like if it was mixed for 7 and you only had a 5 speaker setup, could you imagine just losing the 2 rears? yes i know that never happens, but just saying.
That's my take, but i guess i could be wrong on what others feel about it.
Some of us prefer hearing what was on the disc as the engineers heard it, as opposed to synthetic expansion or remixing of it in the prepro. If it has 7 discrete channels, then, fine, I listen with all 7 of my channels. But, personally, I find 7 channels something of a disappointment because few Blu-rays exploit this. And, frankly, I do not feel much is often really added with two additional back channels, even discrete ones on the disk.
Perhaps, I am a purist, but this goes especially for music from Mch SACD, which is no more than 5 channels. I definitely do not prefer 7 channel playback of those. I do not listen to stereo much these days, but if I do, I listen in 2 channel, as opposed to synthetic expansion. Others, of course, are free to make their own choices. The nice thing about Integra prepros is that they can satisfy a purist like me, but they have the flexibility to provide other expanded effects as the user chooses.
And, do not even get me started on THX, which I do not think sounds good at all, not even for movies. But, having said that, my surrounds are not really specially designed for the vague, fuzzy wuzzy surround sound it provides.