Originally Posted by jpco
So when do you find 7.1 preferable over 5.1 with presence? I'm getting the 1800 for Christmas and will be starting with 5.1 + presence. Adding the two rear surrounds won't be a problem if I choose, but I'm unsure how much I'll use them instead of the presence. Dolby EX is not something that interests me much.
Sorry I meant 7.1 (5.1 plus 2x presence).
My lounge is small and the seating is right up against the back wall.
This makes it impractical to have back surrounds - esp considering that most of the "back wall" is actually window.
I am projecting a 100" image onto the opposite wall and the one thing I love about the presence speakers is that they grab people's voices when they are speaking and put them at their mouths instead of underneath them.
Without the presence speakers, it can be very distracting once you become aware of the distance between sound and image - it just doesn't seem "right" to me.
The other benefits are the "wall of sound" which they provide by additional sound image placement via Cinema DSP. On titles like King Kong the Yamaha actually places some sounds deep within the screen.
And now with the 3800, the wall of sound has extended onto my ceiling using Cinema DSP 3D.
Some people think DSPs are gimmicky.
I find the Yamaha Cinema DSPs make my walls disappear.
In a dark room, it can really take you away into a movie.
Reminds me of the cinema when I was a kid.