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  1. JohnRice

    Noob. Can I get surround sound without a receiver?

    You weren't the only one who did that. It gives you a differential signal on the side speakers. Not much different from the original Dolby Surround. Basically, it reproduces any sounds that aren't common to both channels to enhance the ambiance.
  2. JohnRice

    Noob. Can I get surround sound without a receiver?

    There's dozens of varieties of "surround sound". The most primitive and least effective is the original Dolby Surround which was introduced about 40 years ago. You have a slightly better version, called Dolby Pro Logic, which is still almost 35 years old. Things have evolved a LOT since then...
  3. JohnRice

    Noob. Can I get surround sound without a receiver?

    A new receiver is probably a good idea, but most of what you’ve said here is incorrect. Stereo requires two speakers. No more or less. Surround basically starts at five speakers. Three in the front and two on the sides, and goes up from there, but you can have a very basic surround setup...
  4. JohnRice

    Noob. Can I get surround sound without a receiver?

    There should be a way to get Dolby Pro Logic with what you have now, and get it to work reasonably well. It sounds like something needs to be corrected with the center channel, but we need more info to figure that out.
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