Originally Posted by sdurani
Different processing/decoding algorithms, different channel counts, different speaker layouts. Given enough speakers, both processing modes can be accomodated, with many of the speakers serving double duty in both layouts (there's plenty of overlap).If someone has speakers that already reach for the ceiling, then height speakers might not be for them (not enough separation to be worthwhile)
. It's like wanting to do a 7.1 layout but your couch is at/near the back wall (there just won't be enough separation between the side and rear speakers to be meaningful).
One way around this is to do this is to use in-ceiling or on-ceiling speakers, mounted closer to you (more inward) than your floorstanders. This will separate sounds coming from tall speakers vs sounds coming from overhead speakers (high up vs above)
Another way is to mount the height speakers at angles between your tall floorstanders. For example: front heights would go between your fronts and sides; rear heights would go between your sides and rears. This will at least give some angular separation and not blur a height speaker and a floorstander into one super-tall speaker.
Sanjay, thanks for the many interesting posts. I realize there is a forum for this but if I could cut corners by asking you here:
1. Is the implication above (regarding separation of speakers) that 3D audio technology yields more benefits and is more accurately implemented in a movie theater with say 30 feet ceiling and space, versus a home-theater with say 8 feet ceiling? In other words, you need the physical height for proper separation?
2. Is there a format war between DTS versus Auro versus etc., and is there a trend yet as far as who has the most coded into movies, and who has the most installs in movie theater?
3. I have a similar setup to yours I believe, all speakers at recommended heights except for the side surrounds which have to go on ceiling (and which I added to go from 5.1 to 7.1 partly because of your recommendation). To properly implemented a coded movie, these side speakers would have to come down? Or does the technology have built in setup parameter that tells CPU, don't send a dog barking sound up to the ceiling side surround?
Reading your rearrangement of speakers above and the sheer complexity involved, and seeing as how my current setup as is has us so "lost" into audio movie scenes so often, I do wonder if home application of 3D cine audio will share a similar fate as 3D (multi-channel) music or 3D video?
Is there a point of diminishing return merely because of the limited space of a typical home theater, where adding 4 more don't improve enough to be worth the effort? I guess that's the million dollar question?Edited by cannga - 10/6/13 at 6:17am