Question about 7.1 Ch Receivers

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  1. Dave***G

    Dave***G Auditioning

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    I recently upgraded my receiver and speakers thanks to a nice bonus at work. [​IMG] Without doing much research, I decided to go with a medium price range 7.1 set up, (Guess I figured I would stay ahead of the technology curve for a couple of years). But recently I'm starting to think this is overkill. I don't own a SACD / DVD-A player, I pretty much just use it for DVDs and as far as I can tell there aren't any 7.1 channel DVDs yet.

    Can anyone tell me why a 7.1 ch setup is a good idea?
     
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    MikeyWeitz Supporting Actor

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    Matrixed rear surrounds.

    I notice a NICE difference between 5.1 with my surrounds @ sidwes vs. my 7.1 with rear surrounds added and I don't even have recommended seating setup for it. Sofa is 1.5-2' from rear wall. Rear surrounds on stands firing up towards ceiling.
    REALLY noticeable during RE2 last night (my 1014 and rear surround setup is only 1 week old) and also on some THX demo's. REALLY noticeable there.
     
  3. John Garcia

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    7.1 is not a format, 6.1 IS. In a 7.1 setup, the rear centers are playing the same thing as if you had a 6.1 setup. For SACD and DVD-A, they are both 5.1 only, I am not aware of any 6.1 titles.

    7.1 is a good idea in a very large room. In a typical room, 6.1 should be sufficient, and even 5.1 is already pretty darn good. If I had a way to do it in my current room, I'd go back to 6.1, but 5.1 is doing fine for now.
     
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    DTS 6.1 DTS NEO:6, DPLIIx and DD EX are the best reasons I suppose. I also like it, even with the people I know that have simply attached two speakers to their 6.1 rear channel. 5.1 is fine and dandy as well for sure though.
     
  5. Dave***G

    Dave***G Auditioning

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    Thanks for all the replies.

    So are there are movies out there in DTS 6.1 format (etc.)?
     
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    Yes. The Lord of the Rings has a dts-es 6.1 track.
     
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    Your right, most are DTS 5.1. I am sure I have a couple in real 6.1 though. I'd have to take a hard look at my collection to tell you which ones. Not many for sure.
     
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