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Sorry if this is the wrong section. I have a 3.2 system, soon to be 5.2 when I move.

Do you guys that listen through a receiver, when listening to music do you prefer stereo or fake surround like Dolby or DTS. Sometimes I like the sound with fake surround as it uses the center channel. But I always feel like I am not listen to the music as it was intended.

What do you guys do and should I just do whatever my ear likes?
 

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Most definitely 2-channel listening with native 2-channel sources.

Fake surround to me just sounds...fake. Imaging and soundstage are completely off.
 

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I mostly listen to music as its mixed. I love multi channel music. But, I've loved stereo since at the least the early seventies when my dad assembled a solid budget audiophile system. I have found the upmixers just don't sound good, so I usually listen in stereo. For some reason, while I don't care for DTX or Dolby upmixers, I have found all channel stereo to sound pretty good, and I do that occasionally.

As far as what you do, do what you enjoy more.:) It may change day to day. One day, you want to listen as intended by the mixer, another day, maybe you want the more enveloping upmixed sound. Just enjoy it.
 

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That's my thinking, that it should be listened to it as it was intended. But sometimes the AVR defaults to DTS Nural or whatever and when I switch to stereo it sounds flat.

I do want to get me hands on some multi channel music. Any recommendations?
 

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That's my thinking, that it should be listened to it as it was intended. But sometimes the AVR defaults to DTS Nural or whatever and when I switch to stereo it sounds flat.

I do want to get me hands on some multi channel music. Any recommendations?
Depends what you like:
DSOTM/ Pink floyd SACD is available at a reasonable price on ebay.
Dire Straits-Brothers in Arms SACD still available new:
https://www.amazon.com/Dire-Straits..._title_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1527475139&sr=8-1
If you don't have an SACD player, there are some music video collections that have really good mixes and sound you can play on any DVD player
Queen's Greatest Hits
https://www.amazon.com/Queen-Greate...334&sr=8-1&keywords=queen+greatest+video+hits
METALLICA The Videos - 1989-2004
https://www.amazon.com/Videos-1989-...id=1527475372&sr=1-5&keywords=metallica+video
Def Leppard - Rock of Ages: Definitive Collection
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000B8IAP8/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
You can get some ideas here:
http://www.avsforum.com/forum/112-surround-music-formats/2616673-listening-now-surround.html
A good resource(there are others)
https://www.hraudio.net
 

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Depends what you like:
DSOTM/ Pink floyd SACD is available at a reasonable price on ebay.
Dire Straits-Brothers in Arms SACD still available new:
https://www.amazon.com/Dire-Straits..._title_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1527475139&sr=8-1
If you don't have an SACD player, there are some music video collections that have really good mixes and sound you can play on any DVD player
Queen's Greatest Hits
https://www.amazon.com/Queen-Greate...334&sr=8-1&keywords=queen+greatest+video+hits
METALLICA The Videos - 1989-2004
https://www.amazon.com/Videos-1989-...id=1527475372&sr=1-5&keywords=metallica+video
Def Leppard - Rock of Ages: Definitive Collection
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000B8IAP8/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
You can get some ideas here:
http://www.avsforum.com/forum/112-surround-music-formats/2616673-listening-now-surround.html
A good resource(there are others)
https://www.hraudio.net
Excellent! Love the avatar too. Thanks a lot.
 
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I started out in 2 channel stereo but now i switch back n forth between all channel stereo (I have a 5.1 setup) and 2 channel. I enjoy both.
 

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For music BluRays/DVD's, surround. For everything else, 2-ch stereo. I went as far as separating the two systems completely, which allowed me to set up my stereo for perfect sound without having to compromise to make it work also for HT. A luxury, most definitely, but so worth it if you can fit it.
 
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I mostly listen in 2.1, but some material lends itself well to matrixing out to 5.1. For example, I prefer to listen to Beatles albums that way.
 

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Sorry if this is the wrong section. I have a 3.2 system, soon to be 5.2 when I move.

Do you guys that listen through a receiver, when listening to music do you prefer stereo or fake surround like Dolby or DTS. Sometimes I like the sound with fake surround as it uses the center channel. But I always feel like I am not listen to the music as it was intended.

What do you guys do and should I just do whatever my ear likes?
Assuming a stereo source, listening in stereo makes the most sense if you are sitting in the sweet spot. However, if you are running around and doing stuff, if may make some sense to go with 4/5 channels of sound.

For "serious" listening, listen in the original format.
 

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Thanks everyone, I will play around more once I get the 5.1 setup going.
 
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