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Originally Posted by SoundChex /forum/post/16817507
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Originally Posted by SoundChex /forum/post/16804692
Originally Posted by SoundChex /forum/post/16798556
I have an 11' x 11' home office in which I run a 6.1 plus 2x Yamaha Front Presence speaker config. I get very different results from the 5.1, 6.1, and 5.1 plus Presence playback configurations. I use all direct speakers, but you might [also] consider bipole/dipole, or co-located Lb/Rb configurations before you totally dismiss a 7.1 setup.
I'm sitting here [in my 11' x 11' home office] listening to "Remember That Night/ David Gilmour/ Live At The Royal Albert Hall" DVD in DD5.1+DPLIIxMusic and I can clearly distinguish audience applause from each of the Ls/Cs/Rs speakers individually.
[Mains: 2x Yamaha AST-S1; Center, Ls, Cs, Rs, Front_Presence(2): 6x Polk R15; Sub: Infinity TSS-450SUB.]
Yeah, but are you sitting against the back wall? That's the main concern with the OP's situation. For the OP to get the most from 7.1, they need space behind them to really get any advantage.
Since you ask, and just to see, I played the first cannon engagement from "Master and Commander" [SD, dts5.1] and sat under the center surround while I cycled the receiver through dts5.1 [i.e., no post processing], and three available post processing surround options: dts-ES(matrix), dts+DolbyEX, and dts+DPLIIxMusic. There was a "noticeably fuller" rear surround field when any surround post processing was engaged... [Cannon balls overhead!!!]