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Home Theater Audio owners: stereo, or something more?

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Home Theater' started by hat, May 8, 2011.

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Home Theater speaker setup?

  1. Stereo

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    12.5%
  2. Quad

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    2.1%
  3. 5ch Surround

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    66.7%
  4. 7ch surround

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    12.5%
  5. Other

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    6.3%
  1. hat

    hat Maximum Overclocker

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    Hey HT audio guys. I was wondering... do the majority of you use a simple stereo config, or do you go beyond that for a surround experience? Home Theater owners only please, regular pc speakers not included.

    Personally I have a quad (4.1) system. It was given to me. It's a cheap knock off apparantly: Theater Research TR-606. It came without a remote, but a Logitech Harmony worked with it. The sound is a little off... if I play with the tone depth (bass -4, treble +4) it sounds better. If I don't do this, they sound too bassy and the speakers just produce a low humming and/or thunder rumbling sound in some situations.
     
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    i have 7.2 for movies.... however i only use 2.2 for music.


    using pro logic 2z to upmix 5.1.
     
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    hat Maximum Overclocker

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    2 seperate systems, or only the front channel gets used for music?
     
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    same system, only the 2 fronts ( large floor standing speakers) and 2 sub woofers are used.

    i don't really like music up mixed.... i either play it on 2channel or turn on multi stereo, effectively playing the same sound out of all speakers. it tends to reinforce the sound and makes it seem louder then it really is.
     
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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    5.1, but the rear speakers are not plugged in as I don't have anywhere to put them. Also I don't care for surround that much.
     
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    5.1 for gaming and some netflix content will be 7.1 when i can be assed to put up the other 2 speakers but most content i use is either 2.1 or 5.1. And same as Sly with music 2.1 is best way fuller sound more solid sound and deeper, if you like music like enigma some Native Indian or even opera music then it can be worth changing to 5.1.
     
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    5.1 for movies/games. 2.1 for music, using the two front channels + sub when i have my pc play music through the receiver.
     
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    i've got 5.1 for the desktop pc and another 5.1 for xbox and ps3 ...
     
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    At the moment its a 2.1 configuration and because its not that bad, the 5.2 upgrade can wait. But its definitely planned. Components:

    Onkyo 608 Receiver
    KEF Q300 speakers
    Yamaha YST-SW012 subwoofer
     
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    i've forgot, z5500 for desktop pc, and a very old creative inspire 5.1 for xbox & ps3 it's enough for me for my personal entertainment :cool:
     
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    .... someone voted other?


    i would like an explanation.
     
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    That was me, because 2.1 does not equal stereo in my books. :cool:
     
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    considering sub woofers dont add positional audio, 2.1 is considered stereo :p.... your simply passing low frequencies to a more suitable driver, this could be included in a 3 way floor speaker.


    at least in my books :p
     
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    Nitpicker :p
     
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    Stereo because I can't afford anything better :laugh:
    2 old Pioneer speakers. They do the job though.
     
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    5.1 is great for movies with decent surround mixing/mastering. Sometimes I watch movies that say they're 5.1 and it seems like all they do is add a few effects to the rears at a couple scenes and that's it. Others have really good surround though and that makes it worth it.

    As for anything above 5.1, most movies aren't mastered above that afaik, so you'd have to upmix.

    For music, I upmix with the Channel Mixer 3rd party plugin for Foobar2000.
    lol, did you ever fix the surrounds on those?
     
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    7.2 in bedroom and Headphones for Music

    Most of the time I use my 7.2 system in my bedroom for movies. Lately I've been using my 120hz Insignia 42" 1080p HDTV but I also have a Sanyo PLV-Z5 720 LCD projector in there. My Bloody Valentine 3D and Kickass have 7.1 audio on Bluray. Most of the time for music I use my Sennheiser HD 595 headphones but I have a 2 channel setup in my dining room that I'm listening to right now. That's where I burn most of my mixes and do most of my rambling in front of my 32" Vizio 1080p HDTV I use for a monitor. The living room has a 5.1 setup. I probably have too much gear. :)
     
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    I've got a 2.0 setup and a 7.1 setup back in the States (I'm really excited to use them again soon). While I love watching movies in surround sound, I think the best way to go is with a good set of stereo speakers and a sub (if the extra bass is desired at least). More speakers can always be purchased later if needed.
     
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    Lol

    :laugh:

    I didn't even mention the mad science experiment downstairs....

    or the SIX computers in my bedroom......

    I may have some amplifiers etc.... for sale real soon at great prices.....

    I 've been known to be a very generous guy in the past. :)
     
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    I don't have enough room for anything new and no money for anything anyways lol, it was mostly a joke :)
     
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    I know...... LOL

    I've learned from my pass generosity.

    I miss my $700 Dell 24" (Think it was the 2407) IPS monitor that I gave to my brother in upstate New York. :toast:
     
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    Using 7.2 for movie watching, and a 2.0 setup for gaming and music, currently.

    Unfortunately, several months ago it was raining...INSIDE my house, so my HT setup is all in a pile in a corner of the livingroom.
     

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