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I recently got my first A/V receiver and have mainly been watching DVD's (after my first DTS/DD experience, I watch them w/ every free minute!) I am having a party this weekend, and want to impress my friends w/ some great sounding music. What are the best sound modes for audio?


I havn't had a chance to experiment yet, but so far I think I prefer to listen to CD's in Circle Surround, not PLII Music.


I am curious as to what sound mode the rest of you audiophiles use when listening to music.
 

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1. Straight 2 Ch no surround

2. EARS - Electronic Ambient Recovery System (NAD's proprietary "surround" mode)


I dislike the million type of surround modes which IMO maul the music / sound. I have a dedicated 2 Ch sound system so I kind of cheat.
 

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On the Meridian processor,


Trifield mode. Not necessiarly a surround mode, but a front channel enhancement mode. Makes everything else sound like crap. Even if you turn the surround speakers off, it will sound better than straight-through 2ch.


You could see many reviews of Meridian processors out there, they mostly use Trifield on most of their 2ch sources.
 

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If your receiver has 5 or 7 channel stereo mode, try that. Pink Floyds "Welcome to the Machine" on my Denon 4802 in 7 channel stereo mode sounds so good it makes me laugh (hard to explain).


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I recently bought (3) DVD-Audio discs, Foreigner, The Eagles-Hotel California, and the Doobie Brothers-The Captain and Me. If you don't have a DVD_Audio player these disc's also have at least a Dolby Digital track and som have a DTS track, both of which are very impressive. There are also many DTS-CD's out there. The only thing is there still hard to find, I got mine at Media Play. Give it a try.


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