Originally Posted by rafaelpr
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.
Originally Posted by hanly2
I'll stick with the 5.1, figure you probably need a 40ft long room to here the 2 side channels added in the 7.1, seperate from the front and rear.
Originally Posted by TitusTroy
currently have 5.1 and don't see myself upgrading anytime soon...partially for space reasons but mostly due to the fact that I don't see the extra 2 side channels adding anything that will vastly improve the listening experience over a 5.1 setup
My seating is close to the back wall-surr backs would add little to 5.1. So I tried Audyssey DSX
wides to my 5.1. I am surprised and impressed with the improvements in the surround "bubble" for film soundtracks. It's more immersive & seemless, with added detail and impact as well.
Yes, there are few distinct 7 channel sources (and those are for surr backs) but that doesn't matter. The wides content is derived by a sophisticated algorithm from the front channels. So all DD5.1 and even DD 2.0 sources work great, as do the Hidef Codecs. The wides speakers are ideally placed at 60 degrees off centerline, at the same height as the other fronts. They can be at any distance, allowing convenient against-wall placement (see pic).