I remember when the Audio realm was a lot busier than it is now. The speaker companies were really pushing product and trying to make a case for the NEED for 2 effect speakers.
Seems to me that the 7.1 works in only the largest rooms, and then with special layout.
If for example someone wanted to do the whole "invisible" speaker in the wall, 7.1 would be pretty cool. Otherwise, when you keep adding speakers to a room the aesthetic detraction begins to be a bit much. Really, the 5.1 is almost there ^^now. It's just that we've gotten used to it.
5.1 with good speakers.
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