Hi. When setting up my receiver, it prompts whether if I have one or two rear speakers. Is there an obvious quality difference between using two vs one rear speakers?
Psychoacoustical difference. If you hear a sound louder in your left ear than right ear, you know that sound is towards your left. If you hear the sound louder in your right ear then left ear, you know that sound is towards your right. If you hear the sound equally in both ears, you know the sound is directly in front of you. But is it?Is there an obvious quality difference between using two vs one rear speakers?
In the early days of surround Prologic were FAKE surrounds, sounds "made up" via electronic trickery. Today we have DISCRETE surrounds, the people creating the contend actually placed microphones where your speakers are placed. So instead of listening to 5 (or 7 or 9 etc) channels, you purposely take one out. Will you be missing something? Yes.Thanks. The Denon X3500 during setup asks if I have one or two rear speakers. I have been using two but plan to re-arrange everything and was curious if one would suffice.
The choice is between 6.1 and 7.1. The Side surrounds can only be a pair but you have a choice for the Rears. I'm sure a lot of people had 6.1 setups in the early 2000s but for reasons already explained it is not ideal to have a single Rear speaker directly behind you.Suffice to say surround is designed for 2 rears, am surprised even anything let you have 1.
No. ALL modern soundtracks downmix the number of channels to conform to the number of speakers in your layout. Nothing is missing. If you do not configure a Centre speaker, the centre channel information will be sent to the Left/Right speakers. You still hear 100% of the soundtrack.So instead of listening to 5 (or 7 or 9 etc) channels, you purposely take one out. Will you be missing something? Yes.