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October 11, 2011

7.1 Surround Speakers: How Many Channels Are Necessary for Faithful Recreation?

Filed under: Audio Knowledge — Tags: , — Alan @ 1:51 pm

In the multi-channel world of Dolby Digital 7.1 surround speakers and surround sound, we don’t often stop to question what is it exactly that we’re looking for (or more accurately, listening for) when we judge how good a surround sound speaker system sounds as it plays back our favorite movies and music.

Are we looking for a “faithful re-creation” of a musical event by our home stereo or surround systems, as if we were hearing it in the very concert hall or club or studio where it was recorded? Or are we looking for a plausible illusion of musicians in our living room?

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