What Is Your Main Speaker Configuration? - AVS Forum
View Poll Results: What Is Your Main Speaker Configuration?
Soundbar 4 0.27%
Soundbar w/subwoofer 19 1.29%
2.0 31 2.11%
2.1 32 2.18%
3.1 47 3.20%
4.1 20 1.36%
5.1 617 42.03%
6.1 31 2.11%
7.1 524 35.69%
9.1 77 5.25%
11.1 26 1.77%
More than 11.1 40 2.72%
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post #1 of 259 Old 05-01-2014, 04:51 PM - Thread Starter
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Last week, I asked about your main video display. But as all enthusiasts know, video is only half of the home-theater experience—the other half is audio. Most home-theater content is created for a 5.1-channel surround system, but other configurations include 6.1, 7.1, 9.1, and even 11.1, as illustrated below. Many sophisticated systems include more than one subwoofer (the ".1" in all these designations), but there is little content with more than one subwoofer channel.

 

In Audyssey DSX 11.1, a 7.1 system is augmented with two "wide" and two "height" channels.

 

At the other end of the spectrum are systems that include only two speakers with or without a sub (2.1 or 2.0, respectively) or maybe three front speakers (left, center, right) and a sub (3.1). Some systems have front left/right and surround left/right (4.1), creating a "phantom center." And some folks, especially those with their main system in a small room, opt for a soundbar, which might or might not include a separate subwoofer. I assume that few if any AVS members use the TV's internal speakers, which typically sound dreadful, in their main system.

 

What is the speaker configuration in your main system? Some systems include more than one subwoofer, in which case, select the option that reflects the number of main speakers in your system. Then, I hope you'll leave a comment describing your speaker system, including brand, models, and placement.

 

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post #2 of 259 Old 05-01-2014, 05:00 PM
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Where is the dual sub option? 7.2 or 5.2
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7.1, with dual subs. I agree that this is not "7.2," any more than a desktop system with two little cubes and a bass module is "2.1." A speaker is not a channel.

Anyway, in our little room, with a 7.1 AVR, I'm thinking seriously about going back to 5.1 surround and using the two extra channels for height speakers. Now that we have bipolars as mains, which really widen the front stage, it feels like I could get away with inching the surrounds towards the back a little more and eliminating the rears, while adding heights could really create a "wall of sound" effect for movies.

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7.1 HTIB, although I sometimes use Direct mode with 5.1 content if it's well mixed in the first place.
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I voted 7.1 because it is the closest to my configuration. I actually have 11.1 but until I upgrade my AVR I can only run 7.1 with the option for either surround backs, front wides, or front heights depending on source material or my mood. tongue.gif

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7.1 . Don't have the width for the wide speakers and from what I read they don't make much difference (in a small space like mine anyway). Until the content is available that makes use of more channels, I am sticking with 7.1.
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I voted 2.0 but I use a 3.0 (L, C, R) which is not listed among the options
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Will have 5.1 when.the ht is complete. But will wire for 7.
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9.1 JTR. Killer. Also had a 9.1 def tech setup that was great. In my room heights definitely do the wall of sound. The .1 is actually a .6....it's a bit overkill:eek:
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I have a true 4.2 system, I use phantom center and I have stereo subs; plus, each sub channel has two subs on it.


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I'm running an 11.4.So far according to the poll iI'm the only one running a setup like this out of 65 people. eek.gif

Adding wides didn't seem to help as much as running heights. But I think if I were to take away the wides then I'd realize what I'd be missing.

I could never go back to anything less than 11 speakers.

1 Mitsubishi WD-82642 82" TV
1 Onkyo TX-NR929 11.4 setup
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1 Definitive Technology CLR 3000 (Center)
2 Definitive Technology BP2004TL's (Mains)
2 Definitive Technology ProMonitor 1000's (Heights)
6 Definitive Technology BPX's (Rears Wides Sides)
4 CHT VS-18.1 Subs
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9.1+2 = 9.3...

FH, no room for wides.

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7.1 with dual SVS cylinders in the main HT (actual gear is in my sig), in my basement living area is a 3.1 setup which is essentially all the stuff I upgraded from . That setup consists of a pair of Polk TSi 300's with the matching CS10 center, and a cheapo Acoustic Audio sub, it doesn't even begin to come close to either of my PC12's but it does it's job. They're run off of a Pioneer VSX-520-K.

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7.2 All Energy RC towers, subs etc. Apartment, room is 12 X 10...
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7.1 with dual subs.

Optoma HD80 projector.

Back-up projector Optoma H77.

120" Vapex fixed Screen.

Denon 2309ci 7.1 AV receiver.

Sony PS3.

Center channel:  Klipsch Heresy.

Front L/R: Klipsch Heresy.

Subwoofers: B&W AWS 650 and NHT Supersub.

Rear Surround L/R: Klipsch RS3.

Side Surround L/R: Klipsch KSC-C1.

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7.2 for me, but could only vote for 7.1 as well. I'm wired hor 9.2 with front heights
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7.1 inside, 5.0 outside

"A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad. "
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I wonder what he'd think about 3D IMAX?
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Yamaha 7.1 EF series: 1 pair of NS777 fronts, 1 NSC444 centre, 1 pair NS333 front presence speakers and 1 pair of NS333 rear surrounds and a Yamaha YST-515 subwoofer.

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7.1

B&W 683 S1 for FL and FR with B&W HTM61 S2 for center. Surround and back are Mission MV4s.
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I'm deaf in one ear, so surround sound is a total waste for me. I have a 2.1 setup. I can delineate the front 2 speakers and sub when in front of me, while any speaker behind me would not be heard in my right ear.

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7.1 here: Tannoy Definition Install DC12i LCR, Axiom QS8 for surrounds, Klipsch RB61 for rear surrounds, three DIY sonosubs.

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In the home theater: 7.1 system, but wired for 9.1.
In the master bedroom 5.1
In the family room 6.1
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Currently 5.1 but I would like to add heights and replace my single sub with 2x of something that provides a little more punch.

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7.1 speaker configuration, but just 5.1 discrete channels, since I use front heights.
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Quote:
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I'm deaf in one ear, so surround sound is a total waste for me. I have a 2.1 setup. I can delineate the front 2 speakers and sub when in front of me, while any speaker behind me would not be heard in my right ear.
That's wierd... my older brother is deaf in one ear and still likes surround. He misses most of the ambiance effects at lower volume, but seems to get the louder sounds/sweeps:confused:

"A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad. "
-Samuel Goldwyn

I wonder what he'd think about 3D IMAX?
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I'm happy at 2.0. I was content for many years with the speakers in my 42 inch SD Panasonic plasma. Last year I moved to a 55 inch plasma. The picture is amazingly better but the sound is seriously worse, so I finally bought an AVR. My vintage Beovox S75's are outstanding speakers and have made a huge difference. Their 10 inch woofers do fine in the bass department for me.

 

But experiencing this improvement has made me interested in learning more. Maybe I'll join the 5.1 crowd someday.


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Dynaudio BM6A mkii mains

Dynaudio BM14s sub

Alisis M1 active rear.

 

Configuration is space constrained and looks like:

Rear view.

 

 

 

Front view

 

 

 

A phantom center works fine as long as there's a single viewer/listener.  I may add a center when I upgrade the mains.

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5.1 but I'm waiting to move before I bother upgrading. I'd like to wire for 11.2

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I'm deaf in one ear, so surround sound is a total waste for me. I have a 2.1 setup. I can delineate the front 2 speakers and sub when in front of me, while any speaker behind me would not be heard in my right ear.

learn something new everyday. I would have thought the extra speakers would be needed as none of the 'tricks' a stereo set up uses would work without both ears.

ie, stereo speakers can be out of phase and it kind of sounds like the sound is behind me, but I don't think that works if I cover one ear. on the other hand, I can definitely tell the sound is coming from behind me with rear speakers.

I'm not sure what the correct way to ask this is, so bear with me, but I've heard sometimes ppl who are deaf can hear through their jawbone or stuff like that. so maybe that's what I'm doing when I cover my ear, I still hear the vibrations.

anyway, I'm blind in one of my eyes, and feel this way about 3D, so I can sort of understand where you're coming from

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