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I currently have a 5.1 setup. Would a 7.1 setup provide much more sound or more different sounds?

I currently have a older Onkyo received which is 5.1 and not HD. I have 4 huge DCM 12" speakers, a Polk Audio center channel, and a Klipsch (front and rear) subwoofer.

Just wondering if purchasing a newer receiver that is 7.1 and HD, and adding two surround speakers would provide me with better or more sounds.

I would also be swithching from using a toslink cable to HDMI cable from the cable box and blue ray player.
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post #2 of 6
It will be hard to detect MORE sound from a setup like that, but you will easily notice certain sound coming from certain speakers on a 7.1 setup, equating to different sound.

And the HD sound will sound different as well. But as far as loudness.... well, consider the cliche "quality over quantity". I don't think it will be any louder, just alot richer.
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If set up to use your audio source properly most 7.1 systems will not turn on the rear surrounds except for newer content that actually has the rear audio track encoded. Of course there are matrixed surround modes that will mix the R/L surrounds of a 5.1 recording to the rears if you so desire, but the difference is subtle.

True 7.1 when played off a properly recorded source is pretty amazing.
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I'd recommend upgrading your receiver anyway (if you watch blurays) to get DTS-HD MA/Dolby TrueHD. No harm in buying an extra pair of surrounds to see if you like the 7.1, but only you can decide if it's worth it.
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I think it will be worth it. 2 extra speakers is not that expensive and I feel there is still something to be desired with my current 5.1 setup. You'll get better audio placement and a more enveloping sound.
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I went from a 7.1 to a 5.1 and I don't miss the extra 2 one bit. I like having my fronts bi-amped anyway.
     
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