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Old 03-28-2011, 09:04 AM
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currently 5.05 (the sub sucks, so I consider it a .05 rather than a .1)
wanting to build a couple surrounds and a sub to make it a 7.1 (probably front height speakers, but we'll see).
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:15 AM
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Currently 4.0.... I have a center speaker yet to build. Then I'm finishing my newest set of speakers. Though when I redo my theater setup, I'm seriously thinking about going to a 7.1 setup. I'll have a standard 5.1 setup with the rears out of the way, then I'll add the 6th and 7th speakers as ceiling speakers. Since it's just for effects I'm not as worried about timbre matching. And then it's not in the way for the relatively small space.
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:15 AM
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I think mine will stay at 5.1 for the time being. Just upgraded main speakers and center to Aperion Verus Grand Towers and have SVS PC13-Ultra on the way. I have Def Tech 800 sats as surround speakdes for now--left over from original setup. Don't really want to tax my Onkyo 808 with any more speakers so unless I run dedicated amps, I think I'll be happy with a very good 5.1.

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Old 03-28-2011, 09:20 AM
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7.1 here.
All my speakers are the now older MKI versions.
Klipsch RF-82 Mains
Klipsch RC-62 Center
Klipsch RS-42 Sides and Fronts

Using a temp sub while waiting for the new SVS PB12–NSD to be released.
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I currently have a 5.1 system for the HT room, but if/when I ever upgrade the speakers I will seriously consider 7.1. I will really depend on the type of speakers I want (I prefer identical speakers all the way around, since I listen to lots of 5.1 music), and I don't think tower speakers would work in 7.1 for my room.

Gah, better stop thinking about it, I can't afford a speaker upgrade right now, I just bought a new PJ!

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My system is 7.1 but I listen to everything in PLC-II mode.
Klipsch Corner horns, Cornwal powered center, Klipsch sub, and small Klipsch side and back speakers.
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:01 AM
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Almost all Lionsgate Blurays are 7.1. Regardless, a good receiver will matrix the 5.1 into 7.1 and will sound amazing and not fake.

all original soundtracks in the world (except for less than 5 titles) are in 5.1 or less. The first movie that is in true 7.1 as the director's intended starts with Toy Story 3. Those 7.1 blu-rays are "fake" 7.1 akin to making stereo-mix from a mono soundtrack.

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0.7 I like my bass.

7.2, PSB Imagine + Velodyne SPL2 subs.
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7.1 for me. The first time I watched Forbidden Kingdom with the kids & the owl sound came out the back sourround.My kids spent a couple minutes checking all the corners in the back high & low checking to see if I brought them a pet owl.
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Main system is an audio only stereo setup, my HT is 5.1
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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.

I just upgraded to 7.1 so I haven't messed around with too many yet, but for most ,films with active surround content (even when mixed in 5.1), it makes a difference. Avatar is a good example. When Jake first goes into the forest, the "envelope" feeling is enhanced with the sound also emminating from behind you. The Ultra Cinema 2 (or whatever it's called) 7.1 software on my Onkyo 806 does a pretty good job of utilizing those extra speakers.

However, the first film I popped in and that is so far the best example I've seen/heard that "takes advantage of the 7.1 speakers" is hands down... The Orphanage.

That film is creepy enough as it is, but having things going bump in the night from behind you, as well as from the sides, makes the experience all that much more enjoyable... and scary.

I also hear good things about Hellboy 2 and Se7en, but, while I have those, I haven't yet tested them out in my 7.1 set up.
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7.2 All the way.
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9.1 with heights and wides.
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voted 5.1, but I have 3.1
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9.4 - Typical 7.1 + front prescence overhead with 2 subs and 2 bed "shakers."
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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.

A quick search on Blu-Ray.com for 7.1 channel sound turns up 274 matches. Admittedly, many of these are duplicates (e.g., different editions, US vs. Canadian version, etc.). Still, here's a list (without duplicates) just from the first of 14 pages:

Tangled
Tron
Se7en
Megamind
Bambi
Fantasia
Fantasia 2
The Sound of Music
The Next Three Days
Beauty and the Beast
Kick Ass
The Expendables
Toy Story 3
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Dances with Wolves
Pinocchio
Shrek: The Whole Story
3:10 to Yuma

I have the majority of these discs, plus many from the other 13 pages, as well.

The easiest (and usually cheapest) way to improve the sound of your system is to put on a better recording.
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:25 AM
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5.2 soon to be 7.2
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5.1 for movies. 2.0 for music. The room is not ideal for 7.1 but it is the only room I can escape to be by myself.

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A quick search on Blu-Ray.com for 7.1 channel sound turns up 274 matches. Admittedly, many of these are duplicates (e.g., different editions, US vs. Canadian version, etc.). Still, here's a list (without duplicates) just from the first of 14 pages:

Tangled
Tron
Se7en
Megamind
Bambi
Fantasia
Fantasia 2
The Sound of Music
The Next Three Days
Beauty and the Beast
Kick Ass
The Expendables
Toy Story 3
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Dances with Wolves
Pinocchio
Shrek: The Whole Story
3:10 to Yuma

I have the majority of these discs, plus many from the other 13 pages, as well.

From all the above, only Toy Story 3 is a true 7.1 during the theatrical release. The rest are re-mixed from 5.1 (or less) into 7.1.

If people are so hell bent about staying true to the theatrical presentation (such as original aspect ratio, watching black and white movie in black and white -- and not colourized), why then the double standard in remixing the soundtrack from mono to stereo, from stereo to 5.1, or from 5.1 to 7.1?

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How about a category for 6.1???????


Agreed! That's what I'm using.
LF,RF,C,SL,SR,single centre rear, sub
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11.2 with Denon 4311; big improvement with DSX

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Old 03-28-2011, 12:53 PM
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I have a 6.1 system and therefore did not vote. The number of options needs to be expanded.
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9.4 I'm an upgradeaholic

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my dream system is 11.3. though i'm quite content with either 7.2-9.3 pending on price


as for speakers, i would use standard fronts for 2 channels for ht i'd use lcr's for front and book shelf or similar type speaker for surrounds..
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Voted 7.1, but it's actually 7.3, with 2 Vandersteen subs and one floor joist mounted transducer...(so the T-Rex can't sneak up on you without you knowing it)
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Speakers for my 7.1 system are as follows:

LF & RF Magnepan 20.1s
LS & RS Mirage M-1s (not the M-1si's)
LR & RR Martin Logan Vantage
C Mirage OM-C2
Sub Velodyne 15"

Note: I got the Maggie 20.1s in January and demoted the Mirage's to side surround duty. The Mirages, in turn, bumped the Martin Logans to rear surround duty.

Result? More bass, less boom (most likely because the Maggies are real dipoles rather than bipoles.) Much better.

The easiest (and usually cheapest) way to improve the sound of your system is to put on a better recording.
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5.1 because that all my room will accommodate.

In actual practice, I use my system in 2.1, 4.1, or 5.1 depending on what I'm playing.

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7.1 all B&W speaker system in my family room. Planning a dedicated home theater room with 11.2, or possibly 13.2, all JTR speaker system.

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2.0 using studio monitors

Waiting for the big move across country in 2-6 months to get an AV Receiver and 5.1 speaker set-up, maybe 7.1 if we get a place large enough. Looking forward to actually using/experiencing the DTS Master Audio that most of my Blu-Ray Discs have.
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I upgraded to 7.1 about a year ago. I was running 5.1 with an older Sony receiver, 4 Klipsch RB-61s, an old Klipsch center, and a Cerwin 10" sub. I changed to a Dennon 789 AVR, added RF-35s as fronts and a RC-35 center; used the RBs as surround & back; added a MFW 15 sub and a Samsung BR player.

Those changes made a HUGE (I'm talking very significant) improvement to the audio in movies.
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