I've always had a 5.1 home set-up for all TV/Movie viewing in the living room. We had to temporarily move to smaller quarters while we did some house work, and instead of bringing all my speakers etc to the apartment, I just brought front L and R speakers along with my receiver and DVD player.
I've been pleasantly suprised at how typical 5.1 broadcasts and movies sound on just the 2 channel set-up and I'm wondering if I can live without the other channels until I have a dedicated theater type room. 2 channel music is what I care about most, but realistically the system is used for TV/Movies much more frequently.
Speakers: Dynaudio Focus 110's
Receiver: older H/K AVR-630
DVD: Oppo BDB-95
Amp: Emotiva UPA-500
I have my receiver set to only recognize the front and Left channels, and they are set to large.
My general questions:
-In this configuration, am I simply getting stereo sound from all multi-channel broadcasts/signal?
-If so, can I replace the 5.1 receiver with a good 2 channel integrated amp and get the same results?
-I would like to add my sub back into the mix when I set up in our regular house - does that change the above?
-What am I missing? I never felt that the rear channels added so much that I couldn't live without them, though I realize that I will lose quite a bit of effects, especially with movies.
I'd appreciate any thoughts and/or insights.