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post #1 of 4 Old 03-20-2012, 08:50 AM - Thread Starter
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Placement options for my surround speakers is marginal to bad due to our living rooms modern odd shape. My question, if I did away with the surrounds what happens to the sound that would normally be sent to them? I do realize I would reconfigure my Denon AVR for 3.1. My speakers are Infinity Alphas-50's (towers) Front right & left, 37c Center, Velodyne Sub. The two surrounds that would be removed are Alpha 20's.

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Placement options for my surround speakers is marginal to bad due to our living rooms modern odd shape. My question, if I did away with the surrounds what happens to the sound that would normally be sent to them? I do realize I would reconfigure my Denon AVR for 3.1. My speakers are Infinity Alphas-50's (towers) Front right & left, 37c Center, Velodyne Sub. The two surrounds that would be removed are Alpha 20's.

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Your receiver will downmix the surround to 3.1 if you set it up to be 3.1 (turn off the surrounds in the receiver). Essentially the surround info gets mixed into left and right channels.
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Your receiver will downmix the surround to 3.1 if you set it up to be 3.1 (turn off the surrounds in the receiver). Essentially the surround info gets mixed into left and right channels.

Thank you. I'll give it a try.

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Yeah, receivers will look at how many speakers they're told to use and redistribute the sound accordingly (depending on what mode you set them on and what codec/PCM they receive.) If it's fewer speakers than 5.1, they downmix. If it's more than 5.1, they expand.

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