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What is your preferred way of listening to music?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Parker Clack, Mar 4, 2002.

  1. Parker Clack

    Parker Clack Schizophrenic Man
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    This is another poll that was requested by one of members that asks the question. What do you prefer listening to music in 2 channel or Multi channel?

    Parker
     
  2. Paul E. Fox II

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    I thought (and still think) that the people who prefer the Multi-Channel Music presentations will be FAR into the minority when this poll is finally tallied, but I really dig the Multi-Channel stuff I've heard thus far!
     
  3. Jeff Ulmer

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    I have yet to hear much multichannel music that is done well, so stereo is still my preferred format - for now. I think that once surround becomes standard in car audio (which it's perfect for: fixed listening position etc), then surround will be great. It's not the format as the content.
     
  4. Ted Lee

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    i only voted 2-channel because i haven't had the opportunity to experience the other yet. i'm pretty sure i would dig it though...
     
  5. Lee Scoggins

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    I have heard multi-channel done very well at Chesky demonstrations, particularly Bucky Pizzarelli Swing Live. I can see how this may become very, very popular, even with non-audiophiles given the 5.1 explosiion.

    But I still prefer good ole two channel...

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    Multi-channel done right (Chesky, DMP) can sound great. Too bad most multi-mixes are gimmicky. I prefer 2ch until surround mixes get better.
     
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    Two-channel is where it's at. Multi-channel is good for a change of pace, but most of the mixes leave a lot to be desired.
     
  8. Seth Paxton

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    When the multi-mix is well done it's a refreshingly full and enveloping experience. I think Foreigner 4 is one good example.

    I also love the 5.1 mix on Hell Freezes Over for Seven Bridges Road.

    Many audiophiles thought Quad was a great format so I don't get the animosity now. Bad mixes are bad mixes, stereo or otherwise, it's not the formats fault.
     
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    I went with multi-channel because a couple of my favorite albums are on DVD-A and sound wonderful. Once everyone figures out how to use it right, I think Multi-Channel will be widely accepted. However for now I imagine it will be a bit hit and miss. But a well done multi-channel mix can bring an album to a whole other level.

    Anybody still have the link to that website from Seth's sig? I don't think I held onto it.
     
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    2 channel here. As I listen tend to most of my music on headphones.
     
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    I voted 2 channel, but it's more accurate for me to say: however it was mixed originally. I listen to all my CDs in stereo, but for certain concert DVDs (Train, Dave Matthews, James Taylor), I listen in 5.1 because they were recorded that way (I think).
     
  12. John Garcia

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    I'd agree with that. I voted 2ch, because most of my listening is CDs/2ch. HOWEVER, I very much enjoy a GOOD 5.1 mix. I rented Sting:Brand New Day Tour Live, and it was CRAP. I was disappointed because the album sounds very good. Eagles:Hell Freezes Over is my idea of well mastered multi-channel.
     
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    It depends on what it is. Most of my music is played in my car but if im at home cooking or cleaning or just geeking out Ill play one of my DVD-A's. Ive heard a few bad mixes though.
     
  14. Vinny Petronio

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    I have to say 2channel rules also listening to some good vinyl, sounds so much better with the right system and equipment.[​IMG]
     
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    From my experience, with a good recording and a top notch system with exceptional imaging there is really no need for surround. I do like watching concert videos in surround, usually with the center channel off.
     
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    I really do enjoy the multi channel stuff that is out there. I have heard some that are very good and some not so good. But in all, when I rreally want to sit on my couch and listen to music, I usually do it in stereo mode. 2 channel just seems more pure to me.
     
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    Give me two channel stereo and a good set of headphones and we are all set!
     
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    I echo John Rice's sentiments.

    Multi-channel music is kind of neato, but it calls too much attention to itself. The time I spent thinking "Hm, why are the horns behind my left ear?" could have been better spent just listening to the part. Also, it's gimmicky.

    NP: Dream Theater - Awake
     
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    I've always been a two-channel guy myself. Last night, though, I sat enraptured for an beautiful hour by the multichannel SACD of Kind of Blue. This is the way multichannel music should be done, the surrounnds not noticeable unless they're absent, yet making the whole presentation much more believeable and compelling. Combined with the natural quality of SACD, it's quite stunning.
     
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    I enjoy both. There are some bad DVD-A mixes, but overall I think there are OK. Two channel Q-sound is also a current favorite as is any good 2 channel mix.
     

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