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post #1 of 3 Old 05-24-2012, 11:47 PM - Thread Starter
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A statement AND a question.
I've put a lot of thought into this argument and have experimented with both set-ups using multiple sources... and there really is no best solution beyond a 9.1 capable receiver! each different source material really still requires one set up or the other and unless you want to reroute speakers for each source, there really is no easy solution! However, for those with 7.1 that have to make the decision to use front-height OR rear surround.... I have a valid question:
Why not mount the speakers in the surround rear position at a more elevated position and just switch between IIz and 7.1 discreet depending on the source material!? Of course, the height speakers are not FRONT in this position but why, if it's only a matter of spacial awareness, does it matter if they are up front or in the rear, particularly if you quickly "reset" the levels of the rears to accommodate?? Has anyone thought of this or have a valid reason why it wouldn't work?
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I use a 7.1 avr with a 9.2 setup to take advantage of the various formats and not have to make that compromise of Front Heights or rears. I don't think putting the rears up high will get Front Height signal due to processing in the pre-amp. Even though the Height channel are a matrix since there are so few BD with PLIIz material. If I had to choose, I would rather have Front Height over the rears since the front stage is more important. Nine speakers is not practical for many rooms and a good 5.1 or 7.1 setup will be adequate and you will not feeling that you are missing anything. In my setup only 7 speaker can work while whatching a BD or TV.

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I use a 7.1 avr with a 9.2 setup to take advantage of the various formats and not have to make that compromise of Front Heights or rears. I don't think putting the rears up high will get Front Height signal due to processing in the pre-amp. Even though the Height channel are a matrix since there are so few BD with PLIIz material. If I had to choose, I would rather have Front Height over the rears since the front stage is more important. Nine speakers is not practical for many rooms and a good 5.1 or 7.1 setup will be adequate and you will not feeling that you are missing anything. In my setup only 7 speaker can work while whatching a BD or TV.

With my receiver, the 2 additional channels are either front-height or rear surround. Same connection points whichever you choose. Only difference would be their mounting position and decoding processor you choose. If you select DD PLIIz they would be front Hi
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