Originally Posted by Totemtimer
Just trying to get some info. I have a 5.1 system. Do you guys use just stereo and enjoy the mains putting out music or do you use Dolby while listening to music ???
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I prefer stereo, most music Direct or Pure Direct is best. If I am listening to some music that will have heavy bass, (Skate, dance, urban etc) I will use stereo so the subwoofers kick in, but they don't kick in much because my RF7's go low enough for most recorded music, especially when turned up.
I made a playlist of my music that I call Audy Surround, that is Dolby 5.1, it is regular stereo mix stuff that sounds interesting in surround, you have to experiment with what sounds good and what sounds washed out or smeared.
5.1 matrix does some interesting stuff with some music, for example I have a recording of Help Me Rhonda, The Beach Boys, that when played in surround, 90% of the vocal and instruments come out the center channel, but it actually sounds cool, not like an AM radio.
I notice better recorded stuff, example Jennifer Warnes, sounds good mixed.
For my classical music and jazz I prefer stereo, because I have a great soundstage with my towers, and surround classical sounds washed out.