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post #181 of 479
You need an option for 6.1. I was at 7.1 but my fiance is going to university out of town and I gave up my 2 B&W 302's for her basement suite and added back in an older paradigm centre for the back channel.
post #182 of 479
7.1 here. All matched Boston Acoustics speakers and sub in a sound controlled and light controlled dedicated theater room. We love it. Wish there was more 7.1 material though.
post #183 of 479
Of the top of my head, Rambo (2007) and (of all things) the Pinocchio blu-ray release. There are, of course quite a few DVDs that use the DTS 6.1 format which also utilizes the rear speakers.


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Originally Posted by rafaelpr View Post

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.
post #184 of 479
7.1 Setup.

All speakers are Fluance (good quality, low price speaker specialists)
Except back two speakers are from a HTIB that I had left over

Sub is a Kilpsch 350 series 10" that delivers all the bass I want in my small living room

Front speakers are Large Tower speakers (Fluance) but I let my sub handle all the bass

My receiver is a Pioneer VSX-920K HDMI v1.4 (so I can pass 3D thru it), which I got for a little over three hundred but I am very happy with

Overall I love my 7.1 Setup. Normal programming is matrixed into 7.1 very handily, and there are a lot of Blu Rays encoded with 7.1 audio.

This is the site I use for all my statistics on Blu Ray audio
http://www.blu-raystats.com/Stats/Stats.php
Just set the audio dropdown menu to 7.1 and you'll get an extensive listing of Blu Rays with 7.1 audio and whether it is LPCM, DTSMA 24-Bit, DTSHD, etc.

So rafaelpr, if I had to name a movie that takes full advantage of 7.1....I could name at least 216 not to mention more and more being released all the time with 7.1 audio
post #185 of 479
The following list are true Dolby Digital Surround 7.1 movies specifically mixed for 7.1:

TOY STORY 3 (first 7.1 SS mix ever)
STEP UP 3D
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TRADER
TRON: LEGACY
LORD OF THE DANCE 3D
GNOMEO AND JULIET
GULLIVER'S TRAVELS
MARS NEEDS MOMS

http://www.dolby.com/consumer/produc...-dance-3d.html
post #186 of 479
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Originally Posted by eimajnacnud View Post

You need an option for 6.1. I was at 7.1 but my fiance is going to university out of town and I gave up my 2 B&W 302's for her basement suite and added back in an older paradigm centre for the back channel.

This has to be real love!

Ghpr13
post #187 of 479
Well i love my 2.1 setup and i'm quite sure i'll stick with it for about 10 years at least Accuphase and Dynaudio makes a terrific combo, highly recommended
post #188 of 479
Although I selected 7.1, I can with very little effort accommodate 9.2.

That said, having a 7.1 channel set-up seems hardly worth the effort, as the lack of Blu-ray disc movie releases with 7.1 audio is extremely disappointing!


Cheers
post #189 of 479
Currently I have a 7.3. My room is pretty large so I have 2 subs up front and one in the back
post #190 of 479
My main system is two Channel only. I have 2 Apogee Acoustics Ribbon speakers with subs for each.

On the video side I do have a center channel for the wife since she is hard of hearing, but that is a different system to what I normally listen to and consider my main...
post #191 of 479
6.1 so I voted 7.1...
post #192 of 479
I checked 5.1 but I do not use a subwolfer as my 2 main speakers are pretty awesome.
post #193 of 479
5.1 here.

My AVR can handle 7.1 but my 16 x 13 room size and, more specifically, layout unfortunately can't.

Bummer 'cause I would totally be there!
post #194 of 479
5.1 :
post #195 of 479
Only 4.1 since my viewing space is only 12x14 and I seldom watch movies. When I do they sound fantastic. The fronts are 5' up and the rear are at the ceiling. One 125w sub. If I had a bigger room I would probably just get bigger speakers. Yes, too few catagories. I have a 'difference' speaker 15' to the rear which works fine as a presence speaker. Wasn't any choice for that either.
post #196 of 479
Two center channels - one above screen angled towards seating (klipsch), one just below screen (Def. Tech CLR 2002). Two front floor Def. Tech 7004 speakers. Four side surround speakers(klipsch). Two back surround speakers (klipsch). Hopefully will be moving klipsh to family room, and replacing with Def. Tech Bi-polar surrounds. Room is 16x30 basement theater.
post #197 of 479
7.1, I have two extra speakers but no 9.1 receiver, and I hear those go for >$1000
post #198 of 479
My main system with the best speakers is indeed 7.1. Sadly it's also where the family watches TV/movies. So most of my music listening is done on one of the two lesser stereo systems in situ. And I don't mind. It's where the turntables and vintage amps/speakers are. Then there's the solitude.
post #199 of 479
5.1, KEF XQ line (40s fronts, 20s surround).

My AVR can go 7.1, but I see (hear) no compelling reason to upgrade given the current GREAT output.
post #200 of 479
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Originally Posted by rafaelpr View Post

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.

And even more, how many movies with even 5.1 do justice to it. There are films where the surround is great, LOTR comes to mind, but there are so many others that are just badly mixed. Most of time, you have weak bass or overbased where it just booms. Half the time, the center channel's dialog is overwhelmed by lame "surround effects". It is hard to get a good mix. And in reality, it is pretty hard to do that unless it is a heavily synthetic film with CGI.

It is akin to good 3D and bad 3D. Good 3D like Avatar gives you a sense of better depth and improved picture quality. Bad 3D (like 90% of the films out there) just go for an occasional wow factor or barely a 3D experience.
post #201 of 479
9.3, Audyssey DSX, with the 9 = the usual 5 plus front heights and front wides,
and 2 subs connected to the two sub outputs of the Onkyo 3008 with another sub
connected to the front speaker high level outputs.
post #202 of 479
7.2 system here. Love it. Can't freakin' wait for TRON: Legacy next week!

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Originally Posted by Lee Stewart View Post

The following list are true Dolby Digital Surround 7.1 movies specifically mixed for 7.1:

TOY STORY 3 (first 7.1 SS mix ever)
STEP UP 3D
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TRADER
TRON: LEGACY
LORD OF THE DANCE 3D
GNOMEO AND JULIET
GULLIVER'S TRAVELS
MARS NEEDS MOMS

http://www.dolby.com/consumer/produc...-dance-3d.html

What about Megamind? Surely that is a native 7.1 mix...?
post #203 of 479
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Originally Posted by bjmarchini View Post

And even more, how many movies with even 5.1 do justice to it. There are films where the surround is great, LOTR comes to mind, but there are so many others that are just badly mixed. Most of time, you have weak bass or overbased where it just booms. Half the time, the center channel's dialog is overwhelmed by lame "surround effects". It is hard to get a good mix. And in reality, it is pretty hard to do that unless it is a heavily synthetic film with CGI.

It is akin to good 3D and bad 3D. Good 3D like Avatar gives you a sense of better depth and improved picture quality. Bad 3D (like 90% of the films out there) just go for an occasional wow factor or barely a 3D experience.

I agree with that 100%. When the 5.1 is mixed correctly, you are just absorbed into the movie...surround sounds come out clear and without a "pinpoint" direction from each surround speaker, but a natural surround sound with directional sounds "just there".

Ghpr13
post #204 of 479
I voted 5.1 channel because that is what I'm currently using. I have the back channel surround speakers, but I haven't installed them yet.

I'm in the process of upgrading my entire surround sound system, including my AVR and BD player. I have all of the equipment, but am still in the process of getting it all installed. My sub is a 1987 Velodyne ULD-15 (their first 15" servo model, which I bought as a store demo, and it still works great) and my R/L mains are vintage (pre-1980) JBL L96 (they had been in storage, and their woofers needed to be re-coned). All the rest of my speakers are from the pre-2010 Klipsch Reference line -- Klipsch RC-62 center, RS-62 surrounds, and RB-81 for the back surrounds.

After I got the JBLs, I had to get a better center channel speaker. After much research, I took a chance that the Klipsch RC-62 would be a good sonic match for the JBLs. It turned out that my "educated" guess was right. When I found out that Klipsch was coming out with the Version II of the reference line, I wound up buying the older matching RS-62s (2) and RB-81s (2) for a close-out discount.
post #205 of 479
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Originally Posted by luma View Post

9.1 with front highs, as the room isn't wide enough for wides.

Check out Audyssey's website. Although wides work in conjunction with your front speakers, they are actually supposed to be placed on the side walls at 60 degrees. When you run Audyssey it sets a delay so that the sound seems to be coming from further up in the soundstage.
post #206 of 479
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Originally Posted by fxspec06 View Post

7.1, I have two extra speakers but no 9.1 receiver, and I hear those go for >$1000

I got my Onkyo TX-NR1008 from accessories4less with a three year warranty for nder 1K.
post #207 of 479
7.2

the more subs the better I always say....

Not counting the 2nd zone outdoor speakers
post #208 of 479
I actually only have a 3.0 system. Fronts and a center, I've had surrounds bought just as long but I don't have the room in my apartment to set them up...
post #209 of 479
5.0 is enough for my normal sized room. Don't need added processed fake surrounds nor subwoofer(s) since all 5 of my speakers are capable of low frequencies just under 30 Hz.
post #210 of 479
I voted 7.1, but I am actually 6.1 with 2 speakers for the rear surround. I am looking for a 7.1 or 7.2 receiver, but don't quite have the money yet. I have two ancient JBL's that would make good unpowered subs with the right crossover, so depending on the receiver I get, I might go 7.3.
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