Expanding to 6.1 set-up

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by seasider2, Aug 23, 2006.

  1. seasider2

    seasider2
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2005
    Messages:
    65
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Ratings:
    +0
    Some advice please. If I want to expand to a 6.1 speaker set-up, where should you use the additional speaker? How will a 6.1 set-up handle a 5.1Dolby Digital signal?
     
  2. AngelEyes

    AngelEyes
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2004
    Messages:
    10,617
    Products Owned:
    1
    Products Wanted:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    Detached from reality
    Ratings:
    +1,635
    in 6.1 the additional speaker goes behind the listening position, usually on the back wall, central to the left and right surrounds.

    Most DVDs only have DTS or DD encoding which is 5.1 so your AMP will probably 'matrix' or 'fiddle-about-a-bit-and-add-a-new-mix-to-the-rear-centre' to improve the soundfield.

    Some DVDs have DDEX which contains a pretend extra rear channel and only DTS ES Discrete has a real channel dedicated to the centre surround. (someone confirm this please, too many formats to remember :))

    Personally I use 5.1 because a) my room really doesn't need it (too small) and b) my surrounds are awsome. It is only my opinion but unless you have a larger room you may not benefit all that much from 6.1 or 7.1 :suicide:
     
  3. seasider2

    seasider2
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2005
    Messages:
    65
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Ratings:
    +0
    Cheers AngelEyes, very helpful.

    Out of interest, what set-up have you got?
     
  4. sdb123

    sdb123
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2005
    Messages:
    18,182
    Products Owned:
    2
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Rushden, Northants
    Ratings:
    +2,252
    It's listed in his signature....;)
     

Share This Page

Loading...
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice