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So I've been wondering about this since I had to explain to a guy that music is usually only 2.1 and thus he wouldn't need 5.1 if he had a headset for gaming anyway. Then I remembered speaker fill which would make all the speakers play.

I've personally always felt that speaker fill distorted the sound somewhat and it seems logical to me since a lot of music is made with transitions across channels, but what is your opinion?
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Music is only 2.0, and the .1 comes from a crossover. Anyway, explain more about what you're doing. I've heard DSP things on an older receiver that would simulate certain environments from a stereo source, and at each speaker it would sound very phased and tinny, but when sitting in the middle it sounded fine.
 
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Well, either way, it will play on 2 speakers + a sub.
I was thinking about the speaker fill option in the Realtek drivers or the 3D function on the Logitech speaker control panels.
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I've always liked discrete surround music, with the vocals coming from the center and the rest of the channels providing imaging, but I've never found a liking to stuff like "all channel stereo."
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Whatever you like. If you're listening to music from Logitech speakers then it doesn't really matter anyway. So you may as well have them going through all the speakers.
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Whatever you like. If you're listening to music from Logitech speakers then it doesn't really matter anyway. So you may as well have them going through all the speakers.

Lol. I don't disagree.

But does it actually change sound (like mixing right and left channels to create the front middle) or does it just play the same sound on all speakers (which would ruin channel transitioning)?
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Quote:
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Lol. I don't disagree.
But does it actually change sound (like mixing right and left channels to create the front middle) or does it just play the same sound on all speakers (which would ruin channel transitioning)?

"All channel stereo" plays the same on the rears as the fronts (right and left are still separate), the center seems to get left+right on my receiver. The up-mixers seem to work on frequency range, mid-high to the rear and voice to the middle, for me they lose the front stereo - sounds that are only right or left still go to the center. Personally I don't like any of them for stereo music and use the two front speakers (+sub) only.
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