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Old 03-06-03, 02:40 PM
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7.1 - Worth it?

I'm building a home theater and am trying to decide whether or not to buy the extra equipment for 7.1. How many 7.1 titles are out there? Of new titles, do many include a 7.1 track? Anyone have a list? I tried searching the forums, but you can't search for a word with less than 4 characters, so "7.1" was rejected.

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Old 03-06-03, 02:43 PM
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Check the DVD & Home Theater forum...

http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/forumdi...p?s=&forumid=5
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I don't know of any 7.1 titles. There are a good number of 6.1 titles though.

I recently updated my surround sound equipment and bought a Denon 6.1 receiver but I went ahead and bought 7 speakers. I have the 2 fronts, 1 center, 2 side rears, and 2 rears. (I have DTs so there are two 10" subs in the fronts) The Denon receiver splits the 6th signal between the 2 rears when it is decoding 6.1. I have the 7th speaker should 7.1 ever come to fruition but it is still being used for 6.1. When it is decoding 5.1 it even sends some minor info to the rears so they are still getting a little use (except using DVD-Audio).

Oh yeah...and the sound is spectacular. I say, if you have the money to spend, it's worth it. If not you still won't be disappointed with a good 5.1 system.
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There aren't any 7.1 titles because there is no such thing as a 7.1 format.

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7.1 just has 2 rear centers and it is the same signal split up that you get on 6.1...just gives you a wider sound field.
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I currently have my HT system setup for 7.1. But my Sony DA5ES is only 6.1. Just like brianluvdvd said "I don't know of any 7.1 dvd titles." That is because there are none. I did the 7.1 setup (currently running it at 6.1) for the future. Did this while my home was being built. Didn't want to do it later. I believe the new Denon 5803 is 170 X 7. Now that is 7.1 but how can you use the 7.1 if only 6.1 is used? You can't!
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Originally posted by TheKobra
I believe the new Denon 5803 is 170 X 7. Now that is 7.1 but how can you use the 7.1 if only 6.1 is used? You can't!
There a number of 7x receivers on the market and more to come. As brianluvdvd posted above, these receivers power each of the two rear channels individually; the content on these channels, however, is identical.
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Originally posted by audrey
... the content on these channels, however, is identical.
If the content is identical, then there isn't a separate channel encoded (we know this). If there are only 6 channels, then it is 6.1, not 7.1.

If I took a 5.1 Rx, split and fed each channel to 2 speakers, is that 10.1? No.

Am I missing something? How can it be called 7.1 if it is only 6.1?
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As sometimes happens terms lose precision and stray from their original meaning. Witness, for example, the number of posts here and elsewhere that use Dolby Digital to mean 5.1 when in fact there is nothing in the codec that requires 6 channels; DD is the codec, 5.1 the number of encoded channels.

Adding to the confusion, equipment manufactures have begun to use n.n to refer to the number of discrete amplification channels offered in their products. Thus a 6.1 receiver has 6 discrete amplifiers and one LFE out, a 7.1 seven channels, and so forth.

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