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7.1 Receiver with 5.1 Speakers

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by bcapsley, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. bcapsley

    bcapsley New Member

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    I have wired my home theater for a 5.1 surround setup. Now that I am shopping for a receiver, I am having a hard time finding a 5.1 receiver with HDMI inputs and outputs.

    So, if I purchase a 7.1 receiver and connect it to my 5.1 speaker setup, will I be missing some of the audio during playback?
     
  2. JohnRice

    JohnRice Well-Known Member

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    You won't be taking full advantage of your receiver's capabilities, but you won't exactly be missing anything either. You will configure the receiver to run as 5.1. Just find a receiver that fits your needs and don't sweat it.
     
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    Wayne A. Pflughaupt Well-Known Member

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    The primary things 7.1 offers:

    1. Better coverage for a large room.
    2. With two speakers behind, you get smoother left to right rear pans.

    If the first isn’t a concern, then don’t worry about using all channels. The second, rear left to right panning is fairly rare, so I wouldn’t lose any sleep over that either.

    Regards,
    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
     
  4. bcapsley

    bcapsley New Member

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    Thanks for the input.

    Will the receiver know that only five speakers are connected to it and adjust accordingly?
     
  5. Robert_J

    Robert_J Well-Known Member

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    Most will have a setup of some type. My Pioneer VSX-1014 has both and automated setup that detects the speakers that are connected as well as an on-screen menu that allows you to select speakers manually.

    -Robert
     
  6. Peco

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    When I first got my reciever it was for 7.1 but I only had 5 speakers and it sounded ok. Now that I got my other 2 speakers I can tell it sound alittle better.
     

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