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surround vs rear speakers

Hi all, when watching cable TV, which speakers are usually more active, the surrounds or the rears?

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Surrounds by a mile in every application from streaming to 7.2 blu ray. Currently working on an atmos upgrade but I suspect the same answer.

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I have 5.1 audio in my family room with rear speakers. I'm going to plug them into the surround speaker terminals on the back of the AVR.

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Most of the audio comes from the front sound stage (R/L/C). The sides and rear speakers are for atmospheric effects. With a well balanced system, you'll hear most of the audio coming at you but you'll be surrounded by other sounds meant to enhance what you see and hear in front of you. Atmos adds another level above you to basically enclose the listener in an audio bubble. As far as cable tv goes, it all depends on the source programming and how you have your receiver setup but the basics of surround sound are the same.

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I have my speaker distances set properly and I dont really hear anything out of my rear speakers in 5.1 from xfinity

My receiver even says dolby dig on the main screen...

all the sound seems like its coming out the front
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I have 5.1 audio in my family room with rear speakers. I'm going to plug them into the surround speaker terminals on the back of the AVR.

What do you mean by you have 5.1 audio, do you mean you have 5 speakers only, but your AVR has both side surround and rear surround connections, meaning it supports a 7.1 setup, and you are trying to decide where to plug the back speakers? If that is the case, then you must connect them to the side surround and not the rear surround connections if you want to receive all data from a 5.1 encoded signal.
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yes, exactly. that's what i'll do next time I have to go behind my AVR.

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I have my speaker distances set properly and I dont really hear anything out of my rear speakers in 5.1 from xfinity

My receiver even says dolby dig on the main screen...

all the sound seems like its coming out the front

Set properly by what? An autocal or by ear? I have Xfinity for local HDTV only and when the program presents 5.1, it's fine. It all depends, in part, on the source. 95% of the audio comes from the front sound stage. The sides (5.1) and back (7.1) are for atmosphere only. Sometimes you hear it and sometimes you don't, again depending on the source.


How do movies sound (streamed and BD)?


Have you checked your setup (proper wiring, settings, etc)?


Xfinity for anything other than local HDTV and internet service is basically Comcrap.

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