7.1 overkill ?

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  1. justinDreyer

    justinDreyer Auditioning

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    Is 7.1 worth it ? I know if the fromat wont suppoert it that it wont work. My receiver claims to simulate a 5.1 fomat into 7.1 and how many DVDs and programs are 7.1 ?
     
  2. Philip Hamm

    Philip Hamm Lead Actor

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    IMO, no. I had 7.1 for a while and found the ultra-wide rear soundfield distracting. I like 5.1 just fine.
     
  3. ChrisWiggles

    ChrisWiggles Producer

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    yes 7.1 provides a nice rear-ward capability and better immersion, how significant it is depends, it's not nearly as significant as the move to 5.1, but it is a nice improvement. No sountracks are in 7.1 per se, many are in EX/ES 6.1, matrix or discrete, and you can always expand 5.1 soundtracks using EX/ES processing. 7.1 array playback is preferred for 6.1 sources or other sources processed to "6.1", in addition many receivers have the capability as in PLIIx to make the rears stereo, for a "7.1" playback.

    I think this is probably covered in the FAQ fairly well?
     
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    John S Producer

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    I think it is worth it. But I will admit a better 5.1 is much prefered by myself over any not so great 7.1....
     
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    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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