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August 19, 2011

Home Surround Sound vs Movie Surround Sound: What’s the Difference?

Home surround sound vs cinema surround soundWhat are the differences and the similarities between home surround sound and movie surround sound systems?

In the way both systems work, the goals of each are essentially identical—to provide a big stereo soundstage at the front, with a dedicated center channel speaker in the middle that anchors the actors’ dialogue at the movie screen or video display, and at least two or more surround speakers at the sides of the theater (or your room at home), with the option of two additional surrounds on the back wall. In both systems, an almighty subwoofer or two deliver the deep bass sounds of music and movie special effects.

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March 30, 2011

A/V Question: Dolby Digital/dts Decoder

Filed under: AV question — Tags: , — Alan @ 9:28 am

Q. My question may sound stupid, because I’m just a beginner in audio/video. Do I need to buy a DVD player with a built-in Dolby Digital dts 5.1-channel decoder? And if so, must I also buy an A/V receiver with a built-in Dolby Digital/dts decoder? Or would this be redundant? — G. F.

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February 1, 2011

No Surround Effects with Dolby Digital Content?

Filed under: AV question — Tags: , — Alan @ 3:38 pm

Q. I have a Dolby Digital/dts A/V receiver but I don’t hear any surround effects when I receive High-Definition TV programs from my satellite tuner. And when I play DVDs, I also feel there should be better surround effects. I thought “Dolby Digital” is supposed to be a big improvement. What gives? — R.H.

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