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7.1/5.1 or 2.1 for music.

Poll Results: Which kind of audio experience do you prefer?

Poll expired: Jun 9, 2011  
  • 70% (17)
    2.1
  • 25% (6)
    5.1
  • 4% (1)
    7.1
24 Total Votes  
post #1 of 17
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Title says it all, I want to know peoples options. I use my stereo for pretty much just TV shows and music. I have 2 receivers that I am looking at, Onkyo TX-8555 or Onkyo TX-SR508. I currently have a pair of Polk Monitor60s and was going to just buy the TX-8555 with a sub, but then I saw the 7.1 channel receiver for pretty much the same price. So now im kind of stuck, I could buy a pair of Monitor 30s and a center with the 7.1 receiver, or just get the 2.1 and a sub.
post #2 of 17
Get 2 great speakers instead of 7 mediocre ones. I have 7 polk audios and I end up watching a lot of movies on my computer with my HD600 headphones or studio monitors instead unless it's some big dumb action flick many people are watching.
Get something other than onkyo for bargain. Imo they make garbage (I've read many horror stories.. popping,overheating, crappy hdmi boards) low end models. My Onkyo 607 crapped out after a couple years, after one year the HDMI board went and I bought an HDMI switch from monoprice, tv sent spdif out. Then about half a year later the component seemed to stop working as well. Well what the hell, sent it in for repair (under warranty with dealer) and it took them about 2 and a half months to repair it. I just ended up buying a marantz instead.
I think yamaha makes some nice low end receivers.
Edited by systemlayers - 6/4/11 at 8:31pm
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I haven't expierence 7.1 at my place yet, but sure enough the true 5.1 just blows out the quality and experience of 2 channel for music games or movies. I'm sure 7.1 would be the step above. Also the .1 means there is a sub with it

Edit: I don't know about those brands but quality speakers make a difference just like a sound card.
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post #4 of 17
What part of "for music" do you people not understand?

2.1... almost no music is available in 5.1 and it's gimmicky at best.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by Versa;13754889 
I haven't expierence 7.1 at my place yet, but sure enough the true 5.1 just blows out the quality and experience of 2 channel for music games or movies. I'm sure 7.1 would be the step above. Also the .1 means there is a sub with it

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I would be running a sub with the 2 speakers, the TX-8555 has a pre-out. The sub would only be for real low frequency bass.
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Also 7.1 is only useful if you have lower quality speakers imo. I'm only using my back ones since I upgraded my front speakers. Soon I think I'll be selling the whole thing and just getting 2 magnepans or something.
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post #7 of 17
2.1 for music for sure. I have an Onkyo Rc-260, 2 Polk Monitor 40s for L/R, Polk CS10 for center, PSW10 for sub and 2 Boston HD 5s for the rear L/R. Music definitely sounds better in a 2.1 set up, something the receiver tries to do when it makes the music come out of all the speakers just doesn't sound right at all, even if you use one of the preset music modes.
    
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post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by systemlayers;13754941 
Also 7.1 is only useful if you have lower quality speakers imo. I'm only using my back ones since I upgraded my front speakers. Soon I think I'll be selling the whole thing and just getting 2 magnepans or something.

Yeah, I wasn't going to use all speaker with the 7.1 receiver. There just wants a 5.1 version. Just a center and 2 rear.
post #9 of 17
Obviously for music you only need 2.1. You just need to ask yourself will you need the 5.1/7.1 in the future?

I basically have the same setup as you. 60s in front/CS2 Center/30s surround. Its all connected to a Denon AVR-791. This is my living room though. Its used for mostly home theater and only some music.
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post #10 of 17
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2.1 for music for sure. I have an Onkyo Rc-260, 2 Polk Monitor 40s for L/R, Polk CS10 for center, PSW10 for sub and 2 Boston HD 5s for the rear L/R. Music definitely sounds better in a 2.1 set up, something the receiver tries to do when it makes the music come out of all the speakers just doesn't sound right at all, even if you use one of the preset music modes.

See, I had a cheap sony 5.1 all in one system. And when I listened to Pink Floyd, I thought it did a pretty good job only having specific speakers play specific sounds. Used to freak out my cat.
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