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5.1 or 7.1

by bgbball31 / January 13, 2007 10:06 AM PST

Hi everybody, first post here, but probably not my last. I have never had a surround sound system before, but recently have gained interest in getting one. My question is: My room is 24' x 14' x 8' and I normally sit about 14' from the back wall. So would I want to go with a 5.1 system or a 7.1 system? Or does the size of the room not really matter that much?

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TRICKY QUESTION........
by Riverledge / January 13, 2007 10:33 AM PST
In reply to: 5.1 or 7.1

WHAT'S YOUR BUDGET (APPROX?)

river.

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Re: TRICKY QUESTION........
by bgbball31 / January 13, 2007 10:38 AM PST

About $4000 is what I'm hoping to get away with.

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7.1 is awsome
by stewart norrie / January 13, 2007 10:45 AM PST
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I just added 2 old Cerwin Vegas on the back wall even thou they dont match my Atlantic technology 4200 5.1. system it sure gives you 360 degrees of sound. and makes movies totally involving . Also for that amout of money your going to have a real movie theater experience stew

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GENERALLY ANYTHING BEYOND 2.1 IS PSYCHOACOUSTICAL BY NATURE
by Riverledge / January 13, 2007 3:23 PM PST
In reply to: 5.1 or 7.1

NO MATTER WHAT, YOU STILL have only two ears!!!

As you have a large room, it seems only about half the space will be used as your soundstage (given your info.)

I strongly suggest a high quality 5.1 speaker system, with floorstanding R+L fronts.

Some name brands come to mind; KLIPSCH, JBL, BOSTON ACOUSTICS, & POLK.

There are so many other speakers as well, AXIOM, MIRAGE, ENERGY, NHT,
CAMBRIDGE SOUNDWORKS......... the point being that you as the consumer
have to audition any speaker system before buying.

Best wishes, river.

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