7.1 setup owners, was it worth the upgrade from 5.1?

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  1. Hillskill

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    When we renovated our home we had all speaker cabling ran under oak floor which was laid throughout the ground floor of the house. Pull cables were not laid (I doubt they would have been functional under the floor anyway). I could potentially get some wiring in for 7.1 fairly neatly if I so desired so I am weighing up the benefits.
    I'd like to hear from anyone who has gone from a 5.1 to 7.1 setup or for that matter anyone else who has considered the switch and decided not to proceed.

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    me....depends on room width to if you would benefit my room is only just over 10ft with a window behind my listening position so couldn't really find any rears to suit.....
     
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    TBH, I need to get my new 5.1 speakers in and see how much of a difference they make before I start thinking about adding more channels. I have been on a budget setup for years (although my A102s have been excellent for the price) so perhaps these new KEFs will be a treat enough!
     
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    My room is 17ft x 13ft. I have tried both and i definitely prefer the 7.1.

    Provided your room is a reasonable size then I would recommend the 7.1.
     
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    Worth checking out how much material is around in 7.1.

    There never used too be that much but things may have changed.

    I have an old 6.1 system (back mono pair) and have hardly notice them.

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    The benefits of 7.1 come from being able to position the speakers in the correct locations. If you are unable to do this then you are often better sticking to a better positioned 5.1 system. Also if you do not have any space to the rear of the listening position then again I would say it is probably better to stick with 5.1.
     
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    Had the 7.1 now for 6 years and before that 6.1 and have my seating/listening position up against the wall and can tell for sure when only 5.1 is been played.........a quick flick to EX and the perception of sound coming from behind is there:)
     
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    Had 5.1 when to 7.1 then back to 5.1 the main reason was i just didnt have the room to make use of 7.1,if the back four speakers are to close, you run the risk of coloring the back sound stage :)
     
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    Just gone back to 5.1 from 7.1. Was using wides for the extra channels rather than the more traditional surround backs or heights. The wides were placed properly in the room but the benefits depended on the film. Some it was very noticeable, most not at all. Hardly worth it in my setup. Plus obviously using wides the extra channels are all matrixed and made up by Audyssey. Didn't see the point anymore and half the time I ended up using pure direct modes which would not take advantage of the extra channels anyway. I do miss toggling through all the available different sound modes though and playing around. The options are skinny by comparison in 5.1.
     

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