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#61271 - 09/17/04 11:11 AM Re: 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 for my theater?
lomb7 Offline

Registered: 08/17/04
Posts: 425
Loc: San Diego
If it were me I would wire for 7.1. It cannot hurt. Is it worth it? Maybe in the future but it always sucks to wire short and then have to go back in. Get your 5.1 speakers set up and when you are ready you can order more speakers. If you order from someone like Axiom you can return them if you cannot hear/feel the difference between your current 5.1 and a 7.1 system.

Regarding the QS4's. I have them and am kicking myself for not going with the QS8's. IF you are going to listen to music in that room you may want to think about the M60's. I have both the M60's and the M22's and the M60's are much nicer to listen to movies on along with music.

Good luck and when it is all done, send pics!

#61272 - 09/17/04 01:08 PM Re: 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 for my theater?
BrenR Offline

Registered: 12/10/03
Posts: 3602
Loc: Winnipeg MB Canada
In reply to:

Regarding the QS4's. I have them and am kicking myself for not going with the QS8's.

Why exactly? I have QS4s and I have no problem with them... just curious.

Bren R.

#61273 - 09/17/04 10:13 PM Re: 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 for my theater?
Bilbo_Baggins Offline

Registered: 01/15/04
Posts: 195
Loc: Utah
are you running wire or "fishing" wire through dry wall.

If you're doing fresh wiring -- than by all means 7.1!!

And, before you buy the extra 2 axioms for 7.1, just use a set of old speakers so you can better understand what effects your room will provide for a 7.1 environment. then step it up with 2 more QS8s!!

I love 7.1. I just think it adds more depth to the sound tracks.

Good luck with your project. Are you going DLP or LCD on the projector?

#61274 - 10/15/04 04:20 PM Re: 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 for my theater?
Misfit_Toy Offline

Registered: 02/22/04
Posts: 346
Loc: Wisconsin, USA
I have to second the 7.1 setup. If you're doing a dedicated HT all means do the 7.1. At the very least 6.1 because there are movies that are out now that utilize 6.1 discrete such as Lord of the Rings and Gladiator.

And there are several more that utilize Dolby Digital EX, which does it's own matrixing job for 6.1 and 7.1 speaker setups. There's even more of these types of movies such as Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2, All the Star Wars movies on DVD as well as several others. So, again, if this is a room dedicated to home theater, don't sell yourself short by not getting all out of the encoded surround sound that you can. If you can afford the extra speakers, do it. There's reasons to go that route.

Live it up, enjoy the sound!
"We're on the island of Misfit Toys"

#61275 - 10/16/04 07:07 AM Re: 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 for my theater?
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Registered: 05/16/02
Posts: 1139
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Nick, if you are using wallboard (drywall) on the ceiling, you should pre-wire for any possible future upgrades. If you are finishing the ceiling with T-bar (ceiling tiles), then don't worry.

One of our more prolific posters - Craig (Spiffnme) - had a 6.1 setup and was unimpressed. He eventually went back to a good 5.1 setup.

I have a 6.1 Yamaha, but because of budget constraints, it is running 4.1. My basement is completely pre-wired, so as money becomes available, it is simple to add speakers.

Good Luck.

Epic 80/600 + M3's + Custom Finish Algonquin V3's

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