Originally Posted by duckowner
Hello all.New member here.First of all, a big HOOOOORAY to a gentleman called D_NICE and all other members for "educating" me about the new pioneer plasma tv.Second,i am now stationed in Iraq and soon will be home for a couple of months before my next deployment.i plan to purchase the new pdp-5080hd and i will be using only the tv's speaker.i noticed that pioneer stated the tv has surround sound (???) i always thought that in order to have surround sound effect,one must use multiple speakers,and D-nice,do you think the tv's speaker will be adequate for a small bed room?thank you all again,and hope you will not be mad or bored with my "elementary" question.Be safe and God bless America.regards. Lt. Ngo. US Army.
I can't find that reference you mentioned where Pioneer stated that the 5080 has "surround sound," but some specs I did find mentioned an "SRS WOW" feature:http://www.plasmatv.com/PDP-5080HDpage.html
I'm pretty sure that "SRS WOW" is a virtual
surround sound mode and that's probably what Pio was referring to. You're right that historically surround sound is achieved by placing multiple speakers around the listener. A bunch of companies now have products that try to create a virtual surround experience using two speakers - by employing all sorts of majicks and whatnot. Older Pio plasmas have had this feature too. Here's a little write up on the 4270 which had it:
"High-quality virtual surround sound can be experienced with just the speakers built into the sides of the TV. SRS TruSurround XT technology delivers an amazing, simulated 3D effect with clear dialog and powerful bass..."http://amapedia.amazon.com/view/Pion...a+HDTV/id=5383
I'm sure D-Nice can elaborate on this, but regardless, the 5080's speakers should be fine. I just wouldn't expect it to sound like a full-blown discrete surround system though.
Here's some links on virtual surround sound which might help shed more light on it:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_surroundhttp://www.popularmechanics.com/tech...e/1752292.html
BTW, a 5080 is going to be a damn nice welcome home present for when you get back. Stay safe yourself over there! Oh yeah, and welcome to the forum.