Originally Posted by AcuDefTechGuy
Because I'm sure Toole also did a double-blinded study which PROVES that everyone preferred 7.1 over 5.1. I must have missed that article too.
Perhaps you should read/research more. Here are some references you might want to look at before debating a topic.
 F.E. Toole, “Listening Tests - Identifying and Controlling the Variables”, Proceedings
of the 8th International Conference, Audio Eng., Soc. (1990 May).
 F.E. Toole and S.E. Olive, "Hearing is Believing vs. Believing is Hearing: Blind vs.
Sighted Listening Tests and Other Interesting Things", 97th Convention, Audio Eng.
Soc., Preprint No. 3894 (1994 Nov.)
 F.E. Toole, “Listening Tests, Turning Opinion Into Fact”, J. Audio Eng. Soc., vol. 30,
pp. 431-445 (1982 June).
 F.E. Toole, “Subjective Measurements of Loudspeaker Sound Quality and Listener
Performance”, J. Audio Eng. Soc., vol. 33, pp. 2-32 (1985 January/February).
 Soren Bech, “ Perception of Timbre of Reproduced Sound in Small Rooms: Influence
of Room and Loudspeaker Position J AES, Vol. 42, Number 12 pp. 999 (1994).
 S.E. Olive, P. Schuck, J. Ryan, S. Sally, M. Bonneville, “The Variability of
Loudspeaker Sound Quality Among Four Domestic-Sized Rooms”, presented at the 99th
AES Convention, preprint 4092 K-1 (1995 October).
 F.E. Toole, “Loudspeakers and Rooms for Stereophonic Sound Reproduction”,
Proceedings of the 8th International Conference, Audio Eng., Soc. (1990 May).
 S.E. Olive, P. Schuck, S. Sally, M. Bonneville, “The Effects of Loudspeaker
Placement on Listener Preference Ratings”, J. Audio Eng. Soc., Vol. 42, pp. 651-669
 Antti Jarvinen, Lauri Savioja, Henrik Moller, Veijo Ikonen, Anssi Ruusuvuori,
“Design of a Reference Listening Room – A Case Study”, AES 103rd Convention, New
York, Preprint 4559, September 26-29, 1997.
 IEC Publication 268-13: Sound System Equipment, part 13. Listening Tests on
[11 NR-12 A, Technical Recommendation: Sound Control Rooms and Listening Rooms.
2nd Edition, The Nordic Public Broadcasting Corporation, 1992.
 ITU-R Recommendation BS.1116: Methods for Subjective Evaluation of Small
Impairments in audio systems including multichannel sound systems, 2nd Edition (1997)
 ITU-R Recommendation BS.775: Multichannel stereophonic sound system with and
without accompanying picture (1994).
 EBU Tech 3276 (2nd Edition, 1997).
 AES20-1996: Recommended Practice for Professional Audio – Subjective
Evaluation of Loudspeakers (1996).
 Walker, R. “Optimum Dimension Ratios For Small Rooms”. 100th AES Convention.
Preprint 4191 (Copenhagen, Denmark, 1996).
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Audio Eng., Soc., vol. 37, pp. 539-553 (1989 July/August).
 R.Walker,” A controlled-reflection listening room for multichannel sound”, AES
104th Convention Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Preprint #4645, May 16-19, 1998
Harman International Industries, Incorporated 8500 Balboa Blvd., PO Box 2200, Northridge, CA 91329 (818) 893-8411
 E. Arató Borsi, T. Póth, and A. Fürjes,” New Reference Listening Room for Two-
Channel and Multichannel Stereophonic” AES 104th Convention Amsterdam, The
Netherlands, Preprint #4732, May 16-19, 1998.
Soren Bech,”Selection and Training of Subjects for Listening Tests on Sound-
Reproducing Equipment” Vol. 40, Number 7 pp. 590 (1992).
 S. E. Olive, "A Method for Training of Listeners and Selecting Program Material for
Listening Tests", 97th Convention, Audio Eng. Soc., Preprint No. 3893 (1994)