Looking at how home cinema follows in the steps of its big brother I can't help but wonder when it's going to hit a brick wall, literaly. Sound formats like DD and DTS had pushed home cinema to a level where every one was happy. It sounded good, a five speaker configuration was a nice way to arrange your speakers in your living room, all was good, when up jumps EX and ES to spoil the party. Why are the majority of people that go to the cinema who don't know the difference between prologic an dolby digital getting more channels? Why when most of the time in a cinema your seating position is never centred do we bother trying to hear where the sound effects are coming from? Unless your sitting dead centre the effect of multi channel surround sound are lost. Why when it takes only two speakers to send a sound from left to right or front to rear do we need anything in between? Take Red Planet for example when the robot is hunting down the surviving crew by sending out a propelled scout, you can hear its every movments as it flies around the room. Do we need any more speakers to do this? I think not. 5 channels full range with quality speakers and a processor to direct the sound should be enough. Shouldn't it? Or should I get myself a sledge hammer?