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5.1 vs 6.1

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by catesby, Jan 23, 2005.

  1. catesby

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    Hello

    I'm just about to put in some AV kit and wonder, since I'm cutting channels into the wall for all the wiring, whether I should install a middle rear channel or whether 5.1 is enough. Some posts on the site seem to imply that the sixth speaker isn't really worth it. How much sense of depth will I get? Can anyone give me a clue?

    By the way, I'm putting in some Kef Eggs to go with a Denon 2805.

    Cheers

    Big Nose
     
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    Since your raggling the walls anyway, you may as well do this when the others are being done - tip, get a good scutch chisel :)
     
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    Depending on the size of the room:- Medium to large, I would go to 7.1. Small, stay at 5.1.

    I wouldn't do 6.1.
     
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    I would install cables for both, i.e. center and surround backs. So no matter what you do now it's easy to change it later - just let the unused cables end in flush-mounted boxes / dummy outlets.
     
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    I have just put 6.1 in my room, upgrade from 5.1
    The 6 and 7 channels are the same so if you have large room, 7 might be better if not as in my case 1 surround back will be enough. There arnt that many 6.1 films at the moment but it does sound better when you find them.
    All the LOTR ex versions are DTS ES and Blade 2 is, thats all ive got in my libary for 6.1 but im sure more will come out.
     
  6. catesby

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    Thanks guys - guess it's major chiselling ahead then.

    Lynx, what exactly is a 'scutch' chisel? Never heard of such a thing.
     
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    6.1 doesn't work very well when you're sitting close to the back of the room. 7.1 is a better solution for that situation. Also bear in mind that there is nothing to stop you using the 6.1 matrix decoders on ye olde 5.1 films. Can cause some surround monoisation but I've never noticed any real issues.

    Other films in 6.1(/5.1EX) include Star Wars Ep1&2 (and I believe the DVD release of 4-6 too), and Final Destination 2.
     
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    Also you can use Dolby PL2x to extend the 5.1 to 6.1 on dvd/sky. I felt 6.1 was a good deal better then 5.1. Gave much more info and depth to films.
     
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    Better than a scutch chisel, buy/hire an SDS drill with a chasing gouge/chisel. A proper chasing tool that cuts out two slots with abrasive wheels is even faster, but makes a lot of dust.
     

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