Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: North Shore of central Long Island, NY (Stony Brook)
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Surround Sound "newbie" questions
Even though I have had a 5.1 system for over a decade, I still am confused by some of the terminology. I think I know that:
5.1 = 3 front speakers, 2 side (or rear?) speakers, and 1 subwoofer
7.1 = same as above but both side and rear speakers
5.2 or 7.2 = two subwoofers
But what is 7.2.4, etc?
I said I have a 5.1, but I think I really have 5.0, because all speakers are full-range, and I currently have no sub woofer. My primary content source is OTA or satellite TV, and even a simple non-surround sound source may some (synthetic?) surround content. e.g. I'm watching an old move and, depending on the settings on my AVR (a Yamaha Aventage RX1010), sounds come out of my rear speakers.
I have three spaces, the one I describe above is in the attic of my primary home, and also serves as a bedroom. I have built a new retirement home and am setting a HT in the basement. Eventually the Yamaha system will be moved there, but right now it has only a soundbar (which actually sounds surprisingly good!). Finally, I'm installing a stereo-only system in the great room of the retirement home, based on a NAD C356 amplifier. I plan to get a pair of Magnepan LRS speakers. This room suffers from excessive brightness, so much so that if I'm listening to dialog, I really have to sit right next to one of the speakers.
I've watched several of Scott Wilkinson's Home Theater Geeks videos, especially on room treatment. However, they seem to be between 2 and 6 years old; anything newer out there?