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Why no Recievers with THX 10/12.2

post #1 of 5
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I've seen recievers that have 9.2 + 2.1 + 2.1 (like the Onkyo PR-SC5509).

I'm curious as to why Onkyo (and others) haven't take the next step and
  1. allow a person to do _BOTH_ front-high AND front-wide, and
  2. provide proper .2 by isolating the left low frequencies to sub1, and the right low frequencies to sub2?

Is there a conspiracy here?

Obviously, I'm talking about "TMH Labs 10.2".

Does Dr Tom have a patent and high liscening fee for on the concept?

Am I just a total nutter, and no one else would bother with such a feature?
post #2 of 5
Maybe because....
DTS which is the HD audio standard with its Master Audio & Neo X formats has already demonstrated its 11.1 system 2 years back...
And the marketing face-off for who has the mostest channels is over..

Just my $0.02..
post #3 of 5
The Denon 4311 can output 11.2 channels simultaneously: 3 front, 2 wides, 2 sides, 2 rears, 2 heights, and 2 subs. It has pre-outs for all channels and 9 channels of built-in amplification. You can mimic Holman's 10.2 layout by using only one rear speaker, but that would be a bad idea.
post #4 of 5
There really arent too many true THX 10.2 setups anywhere in the world. Acoording to THIS wiki article,

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A 10.2 surround sound system was demonstrated at Audyssey in Los Angeles and at Bjorn's Audio Video in San Antonio, Texas.

New York University claims to have two 10.2 surround sound systems setup in their new state-of-the-art 6.5 million dollar music technology complex at Steinhardt School. One in a recording studio and one in a screening room. Products are already being sold to accommodate 10.2 surround systems such as in-wall speaker jacks.

Currently, there is only a standard for 5.1 surround setups. 6.1 and 7.1 have no real standard, and add channels to the rear instead of the front, which can only be conceived as a marketing tool as sonically the front is where more channels are needed.

Audyssey has stated that one fear of marketing 10.2 systems will be that ironically quality might be decreased instead of increased. This is because marketers will push to keep prices relatively the same and to do that with four additional speakers and two subwoofers will almost certainly cost quality.
post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by blackangst View Post

There really arent too many true THX 10.2 setups anywhere in the world. Acoording to THIS wiki article,
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6.1 and 7.1 have no real standard, and add channels to the rear instead of the front, which can only be conceived as a marketing tool as sonically the front is where more channels are needed.

"Marketing tool"? Talk about a highly biased Wiki article. Home audio and commercial cinema have gone from one surround channel (Pro Logic) to 2 surround channels (5.1) to 3 surround channels (EX/ES) to 4 surround channels (7.1), adding channels where our hearing is weaker and needs more support. Why would the Wiki article think we need to add more channel up front, where our human hearing is at its best?
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