Originally Posted by Alan P
On the rare occasion I do listen to 2CH music in surround, I use Dolby PLIIx Music...it's the only upmixer I can stomach. My old-ish AVR doesn't do Dolby Surround or Neural:X.
To the OP; if you are not aware, Multi-Channel Stereo (aka "Party Mode") essentially downmixes the 2CH source to mono and then sends that signal to all of the speakers, killing any chance at soundstage or imaging. It is really only good for one thing, parties.
So Multi Channel Stereo will not have a separate left and right channel info? I have a test disk that has a voice that talks from the right channel and another voice that talks from the left and they come from each channel as the should when I have Multi Channel Stereo on. There is also a track that has a voice from the right channel, center and left and they also are places as they should be. Also, another is a drum track that pans from left to right one beat I think 7 in total each moving slightly from left to right and they also are placed and track correctly.
So if it was mono how would I get different sounds coming from left and right channel at the same time? Just trying to understand because I am confused if that is the case(mono) it doesn't appear to be or I am not understanding something. It has to be mixing left and right info to the center but still keeping left and right info coming from each speaker respectively if I am getting proper voice and staging placement.
I only have an LRC so maybe this has something to do with it. I can upload the tracks if someone wants to try them. They are from an IASCA test disc.
Lately, I have been using Dolby Surround but sometimes I still switch to Multi-Channel. It seems like Multi-Channel raises the voices or center image higher than Dolby Surround. I think it is because Dolby has the separate center info from left and rights and my center is about a foot lower than my LR so that drags center imagine down vs Multi Channel.
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