Originally Posted by trans_lux
Jezz no-one got my joke
1st off I would never listen to a non-multi channel recording in surround.
Listening to a shaded dog of Scheherazade conducted by the master Fritz Reiner, would be a sin.
The only exceptions are electronica-atmospheric, ambient, trance etc.
IMHO much of the experience comes down to the configuration of your system.
I have 7.2 matched, full-range all around speaker system
Sides and surrounds tweeter/mid at ear level.
It's very easy to get things wrong in terms of source and processor settings.
My goal is to have no processing of the signal other than music specific room correction.
Perfectly balanced levels are also critical.
As many have mentioned its all recording/mixed dependent.
Much of the early multi-channel remixes
were way too over the top for me. There are certainly some exceptions.
The Doors DVD-A's come to mind. Riders on the Storm in multi-channel is amazing.
Today's multi-channel recordings are significantly more natural and potentially very enveloping.
Most have native multi-channel mix with an additional stereo track. I listen to both and see what I like.
I also find that if the re-mix was done by the original producer the results are much better.
I do enjoy the DVD-A of Night at the Opera in my car!