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From 5.1 to 7.1?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Murray, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. Murray

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    Just a quick question?
    I now have 5.1 with the two rear speakers in the two rear corners. Im purchasing today the Pioneer AX5i amp which Im told is 7 channels. Am I right, is 7.1 adding two rear extra channels to the pair I now have?
    and if so can I just add the two new channels between the two speakers I now run in the rear corners. As I have some installation problems I really want to keep the 4 rear speakers all on the back wall. Will it work like that? :lesson:
     
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    Yes it can be done like that, although a better arrangement (in a ideal room) would be a set of speakers above the listening point angled down and then the two rears behind
     
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    how wide is your back wall & what speakers are you using (or will be using)?
    if it's really wide you could get away with it!

    if's it's not too wide you might consider getting 6.1 instead! truth is you might end up in a situation where your rear soundfield is too 'cluttered' and you might end up listening to most stuff in 5.1 anyway!

    if it's possible, borrow a couple of speakers and test 7.1 vs 6.1 vs 5.1!

    btw: 6.1 material is rare (ish) nevermind 7.1, so try to test with a dvd which is ES/EX enabled (Gladiator is one!)
     
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    You could also forgoe the rears and use these two channels to Bi-Amp your fronts. Depends on your speakers whether or not you'll see much benefit.
     
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    Good Point, the facility of Bi amping the Fronts will help produce a better sound for the front's say in stereo and also for movies.

    John
     
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    Bit pointless if he's just using Satellite's though.
     
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    Sorry guys what does it mean bi amp my fronts? Ive never heard of that what does it mean? I use my set up for Sky, DVD and also music.
     
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    Murray basically what it means is that the speaker outputs that would of been used to power the 2 rears in a 7.1 setup are now used to power the front speakers aswell, so you have dual ampification on the front left & right speakers.
    In the setup screen on an AX5i there is a choice for you to allocate the rear channels for Bi Ampfication.

    Hope that makes sense to you

    BTW: your front speakers need to be able to accomadate this to work though!

    John
     
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    Yeah, your speakers need to have four connection sockets at the back instead of two. Then you use the front channels to power the top end and the rear channels to power the bottom end of each speaker.
     

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