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Old 03-28-2011, 06:03 AM
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7.1, all matching Wharfedale Evo 1s.

Went from a 6.1 to this setup. Don't care if a film is 5.1 or 7.1. My Onkyo 805 AVR will matrix the rears into 7.1 if needed.

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I ask every person I know that has a 7.1 setup to name a movie they've seen that takes advantage of the 7.1 speakers, and none of them has ever been able to answer me. I agree with the previous poster that if more material were available, I'd upgrade.

In addition to the list previously provided, my prepro provides a matrix type of rear surround that gives the side surrounds more depth.
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I ask every person I know that has a 7.1 setup to name a movie they've seen that takes advantage of the 7.1 speakers, and none of them has ever been able to answer me. I agree with the previous poster that if more material were available, I'd upgrade.

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I'll stick with the 5.1, figure you probably need a 40ft long room to here the 2 side channels added in the 7.1, seperate from the front and rear.

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currently have 5.1 and don't see myself upgrading anytime soon...partially for space reasons but mostly due to the fact that I don't see the extra 2 side channels adding anything that will vastly improve the listening experience over a 5.1 setup

My seating is close to the back wall-surr backs would add little to 5.1. So I tried Audyssey DSX wides to my 5.1. I am surprised and impressed with the improvements in the surround "bubble" for film soundtracks. It's more immersive & seemless, with added detail and impact as well.

Yes, there are few distinct 7 channel sources (and those are for surr backs) but that doesn't matter. The wides content is derived by a sophisticated algorithm from the front channels. So all DD5.1 and even DD 2.0 sources work great, as do the Hidef Codecs. The wides speakers are ideally placed at 60 degrees off centerline, at the same height as the other fronts. They can be at any distance, allowing convenient against-wall placement (see pic).

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I ask every person I know that has a 7.1 setup to name a movie they've seen that takes advantage of the 7.1 speakers, and none of them has ever been able to answer me. I agree with the previous poster that if more material were available, I'd upgrade.

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In addition to the list previously provided, my prepro provides a matrix type of rear surround that gives the side surrounds more depth.

Exactly. Just because most movies are 5.1, doesn't mean that a setup with 7 speakers is pointless. Less than 10% of my Blu-Rays have a 7.1 sountrack, but I use PLIIx on 5.1 soundtracks (and all DVDs) to give far better rear presence by using my surround back speakers.
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I'll stick with the 5.1, figure you probably need a 40ft long room to here the 2 side channels added in the 7.1, seperate from the front and rear.

It makes a difference having 7 vs 5 speakers in my 12ft by 8.5ft room. The whole idea is that you aren't supposed to hear that sounds are coming from separate speakers, you should have one big enveloping soundstage. If you don't have a well defined soundstage then you have either not calibrated correctly or you need to upgrade your Receiver.
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I voted 5.1 but just in the process of changing speakers and room. I had a 7.1 for a few years and eventually will go to a 7.1 again and possibly 9.2 in the future. Really did enjoy the 7.1 setup.

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It makes a difference having 7 vs 5 speakers in my 12ft by 8.5ft room. The whole idea is that you aren't supposed to hear that sounds are coming from separate speakers, you should have one big enveloping soundstage. If you don't have a well defined soundstage then you have either not calibrated correctly or you need to upgrade your Receiver.

I don't agree with that, if I didn't hear the speakers separately then I would not know when someone was sneaking up behind me when I am playing video games, or when bullets are flying past you in a movie, you should be able to hear the sound come from in front of you to behind you?
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I don't agree with that, if I didn't hear the speakers separately then I would not know when someone was sneaking up behind me when I am playing video games, or when bullets are flying past you in a movie, you should be able to hear the sound come from in front of you to behind you?

Well yes, you should be able to hear sounds coming from infront, behind or from either side, but what about the spaces inbetween? If you only ever hear sound that is clearly coming from the speakers themselves, then it wouldn't be very realistic. I prefer to be immersed in a soundstage where sounds come from where they were intended to, rather than hearing sounds coming from each individual speaker.
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4.1. I have 4 large (tower) speakers and a subwoofer. Since I sit in the middle, I don't feel a need for a center.

waiting for a deal on a pair of decent towers to complete the quartet before i go sub hunting...

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7.2 Here. subs front and rear.
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11.2 Including 3 subs. 2 in my Def Tech towers and a Danley DIY kit

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9.2 Audyssey DSX and not looking back. I really like the wides, I haven't tried the heights.
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9.2 Also Audyssey DSX Wides. Lots of fun!!!

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In a 21x19 room totally satisfied with 5.1.Who knows in the future.
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Up to 7.1 as one can also decode discrete 6/7.1 on some movies,but with the emergence of pro-logic 11z it would seem logical to use all the speaker connections available incl. front height matrix surround.Of course it can depend on room size.

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Actually, I have 5.2

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5.1 is really the best configuration given the size of my TV viewing room. If I had a dedicated media room (that was big enough) I'd do 7.1, or more like 7.2 with dual subs.

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9.1 w/ front heights
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6.9 if you count each butkicker as a sub. I really have 5.1 with front channel split between 2 speakers.
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Currently 5.0

Plan to eventually go to 7.1 after I upgrade my AVR. The .1 is my next expenditure probably.

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7.1 in the theater. I will be adding subs and replacing the surrounds with something better matched.

4.0 in the living room. I'll move my current theater sub to the living room.

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Till recently, I was running a 6.1 setup, with one back surround speaker, getting the mix of both back surround channels.

Presently, I am upgrading the whole system and HT space. The heart of the system is/will be the Onkyo PR-SC5507 AV pro, which is equiped with the Audyssey DSX (MultEQ XT) software, favoring a 9.2 setup. I plan to use this on a 10.1 setup, which technically is a 9.1, but it uses two front center amplification channels and speakers, fed by the same AV pro center channel signal. There are two front height speakers on this setup.
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5.1 Take Classic here.

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5.1 here. I'm moving in 2 months and I might upgrade to 5.2 or 7.1
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7.2 here... upgraded from 6.1 a couple years ago. Also have a small 5.1 for watching TV without firing up the "space heater"

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7.2 for me.
Klipsch VR35 for fronts.
Klipsch Synergy series for center and surrounds.
Polk R150 for surround backs.
Velodyne DLS 3750 and impact mini for subs.
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My family room is 5.1. It'll stay that way. It's a multipurpose room and it would be expensive to upgrade.

My theater is currently 5.1. I started out with a 5.1 AVR. I've since upgraded to a 7.1 AVR. I could easily add a sixth speaker. Proper location of two back surrounds would have one in the middle of a door.

Should I upgrade to 6.1?
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4.0 works for me.

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LCRs, 4 side surrounds, 2 back surrounds, and 4 dual 15"s subs.

Good day,

I am thinking to do a similar setup with four surrounds. As far as I understand, your setup uses four identical speakers for side surrounds. I presume that they are driven by four identical amplification channels, as well. Am I correct or not?

Since you have already done it, I would like to have your experience on this matter.

I am sending a PM for further discussion.

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