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Surround Sound


Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2007-05-04 09:16:07

Surround Sound


I'm an audio/videophile and can be comfortably labeled an "early adopter". When my wife and I purchased our current home back in 2001, the first thing I got for it was an HD television and a surround sound system. I love it. There's nothing like knowing exactly where a TIE fighter is from its screaming keen zipping around your ears (sound in a vacuum be damned!) or having the room rumble in DTS glory when Sauron explodes.

However, the truly high end home audio equipment available is utter overkill. I will admit that a 6.1 system (which adds one additional rear speaker directly behind you) is nice if you have a truly massive room you need to fill with sound, but otherwise a 5.1 system does just fine convincing the ears of sound behind you. 7.1 is just plain silly; not to mention, I don't even know of any audio sources that effectively take advantage of seven discreet channels. Out of curiosity, I Googled for 8.1 and chuckled to find that those systems existed. I grew increasingly flabbergasted as 9.1 and even 10.1 yielded returns.

Ages ago, my buddy Kang and I envisioned the ultimate audio system, in which one would be fully encapsulated within a perfect sphere of speakers, capable of assailing its victims with glorious digital sound from every possible vector. Every time I think I'm starting to get jaded, reality creeps up to match the most preposterous imaginings I can produce. I should've chosen a number higher than 14 for today's strip.



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