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What is Circle Surround 5.1

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by scott_tinari, Sep 6, 2001.

  1. scott_tinari

    scott_tinari Stunt Coordinator

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    What is Circle Surround 5.1?
     
  2. Chuck Kent

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    Smart Devices uses Circle Surround as the decoding method for their 5.1 to 6.1 THX EX/DTS-ES add-on box:
    http://www.smartdev.com/smartht.html
    And then CS-3X, Jr.
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    Well, the Marantz SR 6200 and 7200 have Circle Surround SRS stamped on the front of the receivers, along with DTS and Dolby Digital and Pro Logic II.
    So, now that I know what it is, let me ask this. When I play laserdiscs and VHS tapes that have stereo soundtracks, will I get a surround sound effect when I watch them with Circle Surround? Is that the idea? Is Circle Surround for stereo, what Dolby Pro Logic II was for dolby surround?
     
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    Chris: No, not exactly. DPL II can work for both Dolby Surround encoded material and regular stereo programming. So can Circle Surround. Both have movie and music modes.
    I have a Kenwood 509 and so far I prefer Dolby's approach. But I'm still tinkering...
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    Scott, FWIW I recently bought the Kenwood VR-507 for the DPL II feature. As it turns out I like 5.1 Circle Surround a lot better for satellite broadcasts.....very nice bonus, IMO!
    Vin
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