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Douglas Blake
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29/06/2019 11:29 am  

I've always preferred stereo sound over the home theatre surround sound.  

Recently I completed a system with a friend. Basically it's an HTPC directly feeding a stack of three Crown XLS1002 amps with Fluance speakers.  Everything is done in the HTPC's software and the result is a killer system, more than enough to make me rethink my long standing preference. But when I come home and power up my rather humble little stereo setup, it still feels right, comfortable, familiar... So it's a bit of a quandry.

So what do we think... Stereo or Surround?

 


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29/06/2019 1:18 pm  

That is a great question.  I personally prefer SS over stereo.  However, I do enjoy both.  But I really got into this first for movies, so I think that is where the affinity for SS started.  And I have never really departed from that.  In fact when I test speakers, I test both music and some of my favorite movie scenes just to see how they perform.  SO if they are being used as surrounds, I use them as surround in my movie test.   


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29/06/2019 1:35 pm  
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That is a great question.  I personally prefer SS over stereo.  However, I do enjoy both.  But I really got into this first for movies, so I think that is where the affinity for SS started.  And I have never really departed from that.  In fact when I test speakers, I test both music and some of my favorite movie scenes just to see how they perform.  SO if they are being used as surrounds, I use them as surround in my movie test.   

Test scenes? ... The opening credits in "The Jackal" (1997) ... Holy #$@&!!! 

Mind boggling in Stereo.


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29/06/2019 2:25 pm  

I have a few favorite test scenes. The opening of Transformers, the beginning of Now You See Me 2 and even the beginning of Mad Max Fury Road.  Just to name a few.  Even the scene in Interstellar where he is trying an impossible dock.


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29/06/2019 2:48 pm  
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I have a few favorite test scenes. The opening of Transformers, the beginning of Now You See Me 2 and even the beginning of Mad Max Fury Road.  Just to name a few.  Even the scene in Interstellar where he is trying an impossible dock.

Don't know about Transformers or Fury Road... but Now You See Me has some really good music in both episodes and the docking scene in Interstellar is pretty good ...

But just wait till you hear the opening credits from The Jackal ... The sound just rolls across the room at you, pretty amazing.  Also the house explosion in "Paul" (2011)... Daymn!

So our count seems to be 1 Stereo and 1 Surround ... 

 


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03/07/2019 11:46 am  

I love to watch movies with surround sound, but for music Stereo all the way. I am with you, stereo just seems better and comfortable in a lot of ways. 

Seems to be that a lot of people think one or the other, and most audiophiles will say you cant use a surround sound receiver for listening to stereo music, but I do. It is what I have room for, and budget for. 

 

 

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03/07/2019 12:02 pm  
Posted by: LionelC

Seems to be that a lot of people think one or the other, and most audiophiles will say you cant use a surround sound receiver for listening to stereo music, but I do. It is what I have room for, and budget for. 

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Hey Lionel, thanks for the reply.

You would be amazed how often I used to get called in to service home theatre setups and there on the side wall was a complete, isolated, stereo setup. After a while I took to suggesting that people should combine the two systems to give their music the benefits of a sub-woofer and their movies the benefit of high end front speakers. Many were quite surprised to hear you could do that... in their minds movie sound and music are two different things.  Kind of like computers and music were in the 90s.

In fact, one of the best upgrades you can do for a home theatre is to improve the front L and R speakers.  Both movies and music are going to sound better.

 


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