6.1 questions

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  1. RussellB

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    hi. i will be getting a yamaha htr 5660. this is 6.1 capable receiver.these are the speakers i have

    main=cerwin vega towers with 12 inch woofers and midrange and tweeter

    surround=4 satellite cerwin vega rated at 100 watts per

    subwoofer=cerwin vega 8 inch self powered

    front center=cerwin vega rated at 100 watt

    i also have an extra center channel made by polk audio

    my question is in 6.1 does that mean i can put that extra center speaker in the rear?

    and will my main speakers be playing or are they just for stereo mode?

    thanks for your help. im getting really confused on the 5.1,6.1,7.1 stuff
     
  2. ChrisWiggles

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    So just to make sure I'm counting correctly, you have 2 main fronts, 1 center, and 4 small satellites, AND another extra center?

    That gives you 8 speakers. (I'm not counting the sub, which you should use normally of course).

    Ideally, for a 6.1 setup, you want to use 7 speakers, that is, TWO speakers for the single surround back channel. This is because if you put one speaker directly behind you, your brain can confuse those sounds as coming from in FRONT of you, which is *not* what you want. Thus two is preferred. You can use two of those satellites as surrounds, and then wire the other two in parallel to get a 7.1 speaker setup.

    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...082#post513082

    Has an *ok* explanation of 5.1 versus 6.1. If you're still a bit confused I can explain some more.
     
  3. Ed O'Neill

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    Ok I'll help...
     
  4. Ed O'Neill

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    Chris,

    WOW You posted while I was typing...

    My guess is he is counting 4 satilites as surround..two centers and one sub. I think he used the wrong terminology. Sounds like ht in a box.

    Chris wrotwe
     
  5. RussellB

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    ok so should i use my 2 big towers as my fronts?

    then what should i do with the 4 satellites?

    i bought the sub and the satellites and 1 center all in one. the other center i had already.

    so if i get that yammy 5660 for 6.1 can you tell me how my setup should be. ive got a square room.
    sorry im still not sure how i need to set it up. maybe if and when i get the reciever itll have pictures for me to see.

    thanks
     
  6. Jay McC

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    I looked up the reciever and saw that it has one powered channel for the surround back so this is what i would do:

    Use the towers for the fronts.
    Use the Vega center for the front center.
    Use two of the satellites as the left and right surrounds.
    Use one of the satellites as the surround back.
    Save the last satellite incase you get a reciever with 2 powered surround back channels.
    Dump the Polk center since Vegas and Polk audio speakers really don't sound anything alike. If you decide to integrate the Polk into the Vega setup, the difference in sound might draw a bit of attention to the speaker causing it to stand out and effectively preventing a seemless blending of the surround fields.

    Hope that helps.
    Also would go to Dolby.com and see what they recommend for speaker placement in a 6.1 setup.
     
  7. Phil Iturralde

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  8. RussellB

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    holy smokes phil you got some serious geometry going on there (jk)

    thank you very much for that advice
     
  9. Ed O'Neill

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    OK Phil,
    are you following me around to correct everything I type...LOL
    You wrote
     
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  11. Ed O'Neill

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    Phil,

    You missed the point ! LOL

    It was just a retorical question.

    There is no real diffrence between running what you call a 6.1 with two rears and a 7.1, because both rears are mono meaning they have the same output. They are not independent like the rest of your system. This reminds me of the prologic it also was matrixed and a lot of people thought it was five channels of audio when in fact it was only 4 channels right front,left front center and rears.

    The only advantage to having a 7.1 is you have the built in amps to run both your rears. Making the rears more efficient in sound quality.

    Signed,
    Ed
     

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