I eventually decided that once the speaker systems reach a certain level, the room acoustics start to play an increasingly important role. So I am less inclined to obsess over the amount spent on speaker quality versus speaker quantity.
Particularly in an irregularly shaped room with deep bass nulls from boundary interference and resonant modes, it is critical to have properly positioned and tuned subwoofers.
Then too, the natural ambiance of stereo bouncing off walls only really applies when the acoustics favor the ambiance. Lacking that, room treatments that deaden the ambiance, combined with surround synthesis, can actually be an improvement over just stereo.
Finally, if the ears are fading as well, critical audible clues to ambiance may be attenuated or completely absent from the perceived sound of room reflections, and surround synthesis may be the only way to hear anything approaching a naturally ambient sound field, particularly in a room with poor acoustics.
Originally Posted by A9X-308
My system is a bit different to most peoples as I don't use an AVR, and is set up so that for 2ch, the subs are actually the 4th way of the mains and for HT they use the LFE signal; it just requires a couple of relays for switching. The 2ch signal path is short and clean.
Where do you get your LFE signal from, if not from an AVR?
What crosses your subs for two channel?
Originally Posted by lightsout190
Two channel audio (HiFi) will always be better for music than a home theater system.
Surround music will always sound better on a surround system than it will on a two channel system. Many two channel compositions are more interesting to listen to when played back with modern ambiance decode such as my Neo:x 11.1, or Atmos surround synthesis etc. though sometimes not so much also. Depends on how well it renders.
And most good 2 channel stereo receivers or integrated amps will be better than a good AVR.
An AVR is a stereo receiver with some added decoding and some extra channels, possibly with a beefier supply and improved cooling also if it is a really good one. There is no 'stereo magic' that extra channels remaining idle destroys during stereo playback, and even if there were, they could readily be powered down if desired.
Pure audio mode shuts down all digital processing and displays that might generate noise, though most people would never hear the difference anyway.
What specifically were you referring to when making this claim? I am unable to think of a single reason why it would be so.