Originally Posted by dirk1843
Just wanted to chime in on the 5.1 vs quad talk......I dropped the center channel about 3 years ago.
I always felt the center sounded to harsh and called to much attention to itself. Of course my speakers and/or setup could have played a factor in that, but I don't have a dedicated room that lets me do whatever I need to in the name of sound quality.
Just using a 4.1 set up sounds better with music and movies than my 5.1 ever did.
You're in good company. Roger Waters still performs in quad for The Wall Live tour, and Pink Floyd pioneered performing live in quad in the 60's. With PF's history of performing and recording in quad, it makes the quad versions of DSOTM and WYWH more authentic to me.
The center channel can be over-used by some sound mixers IMO, lazily placing all vocals in the center, and instruments in the front and rear channels. Fortunately, there are mixers like Guthrie, and Steven Wilson especially, that tend to de-emphasize the center channel and spread vocals across the center and fronts, and even the surrounds.
I still love a good 5.1 mix (Sea Change, Avalon, Discipline, any of the Donald Fagen and Porcupine Tree 5.1 releases, for example), but lack of a center channel doesn't have to detract from a great surround experience.