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For a computer setup, which is better: 3.1 or 2.1

I just sold my 2 rear speakers since they really don't do anything for me. In games I never hear them (I just don't, and if I turned them up loud I had to customize it and it just didn't sound great)... Starcraft 2 isn't meant for 5.1 (even when you change it to 5.1). In some shooters it was okay but not really.

So now that I have 3.1, it's making more sense. The center speaker makes dialogue much more clear and directed, and music is a bit more 3d in the sense that it's spread out better between the speakers.

But what's your take? 3.1 or 2.1? (3.1 = 1 sub woofer, a center speaker, and 2 side speakers).

My current setup now is two Energy CF-50 tower speakers, one Energy CC-10 center speaker, and a Klipsch RPW-10 subwoofer (using a Pioneer 1019-AH-K receiver). I just managed to sell my CF-30 towers for $360 so I'm really happy right now biggrin.gif
    
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I struggle to offer suggestions on anything but 5.1 systems. Honestly a 5.1 system was one of the biggest upgrades I ever made, in terms of changing the way the game feels....

with that said, i can understand not ever setup is ready for two rear speakers....


3.1 if 5.1 not possible.
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Originally Posted by mikepahl318;13196903 
I struggle to offer suggestions on anything but 5.1 systems. Honestly a 5.1 system was one of the biggest upgrades I ever made, in terms of changing the way the game feels....

with that said, i can understand not ever setup is ready for two rear speakers....


3.1 if 5.1 not possible.

Really? I just found that 5.1 was troublesome. I had four tower speakers and a center speaker. My rears were towers to produce full ranged sound, and they were positioned perfectly (this made everything else in the room suffer such as my bed lol!). But I just found they didn't do much for me. Maybe my room is too small, providing little sound separation.

Anyways I think I'll stick with 3.1 as you're saying. I'm testing it out (since I used 5.1 for so long), and I'm liking it. I tried removing the center speaker and although it sounds fine, the center adds to the setup.

Since I've had luck with craigslist lately, I'm listing my final 3 speakers and subwoofer on craigslist for a profit. I bought them on sale, and I've found if I wait a month or so, I often get a reply back. Kinda getting in the habit of selling my stuff and buying new over and over.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PaulWog;13196788 
For a computer setup, which is better: 3.1 or 2.1

I just sold my 2 rear speakers since they really don't do anything for me. In games I never hear them (I just don't, and if I turned them up loud I had to customize it and it just didn't sound great)... Starcraft 2 isn't meant for 5.1 (even when you change it to 5.1). In some shooters it was okay but not really.

So now that I have 3.1, it's making more sense. The center speaker makes dialogue much more clear and directed, and music is a bit more 3d in the sense that it's spread out better between the speakers.

But what's your take? 3.1 or 2.1? (3.1 = 1 sub woofer, a center speaker, and 2 side speakers).

My current setup now is two Energy CF-50 tower speakers, one Energy CC-10 center speaker, and a Klipsch RPW-10 subwoofer (using a Pioneer 1019-AH-K receiver). I just managed to sell my CF-30 towers for $360 so I'm really happy right now biggrin.gif

its surround sound if you couldn't hear them your speaker position was way out
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I've run multiple different setups...
2.0
2.1
2.2
3.0
3.1
3.2
4.0
4.1
5.0
5.1
5.2
7.0
.... you get the idea.

personally, unless your getting a really good processor and center 2.1 is just as good. IMO. I'm currently running just 2.0 as my living room layout isn't conducive to surround channels and I didn't need the center w/o the surrounds and the subs only disturbed the neighbors frown.gif
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5.1 speaker setup takes a couple of hours of sweat and swearing to get right but once you nail it its one of the most beautiful things you can experience sound wise. Even the cheapest 5.1 sound can sound awesome when its setup right.
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Originally Posted by Spooony;13297346 
5.1 speaker setup takes a couple of hours of sweat and swearing to get right but once you nail it its one of the most beautiful things you can experience sound wise. Even the cheapest 5.1 sound can sound awesome when its setup right.

No, no, a thousand times no. Good 2.0 / 2.1 will eat out crappy 5.1 anyday.

I'm personally running 3.0 right now. I'll build myself a sub later on, my car is my main priority on sound right now anyway.

5.1 is great for movies and stuff. But honestly games RARELY will properly use 5.1 anyway.
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All depends on your budget. If your budget is low, then it's better to stick with 2.1 or 3.1. I wouldn't consider 5.1 unless your budget is more than $250. You will definitely be better with 2.1 or 3.1 at that price point.

I really laugh hard when I see someone with a $100 5.1 setup thinking it's amazing just because it's 5.1, when it sounds god awful. I'd rather have quality coming out just the front then awful sound coming from all around me.

I spent around 3 grand for my 7.1 speakers/sub and another 2 grand for my reciever... and it's amazing. Total overkill, but I don't regret it at all.
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud;13297415 
5.1 is great for movies and stuff. But honestly games RARELY will properly use 5.1 anyway.

7.1 works great in 95% of games I play... I don't use a analog soundcard though, I just use digital out via HDMI on my GTX580 to my receiver. Maybe thats why?
Edited by Murlocke - 4/27/11 at 4:14pm
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I could see how the middle speaker blends the sound waves together. If you think about your speakers produceing sound waves in a circular motion, imagine the top speakers colliding with the sound waves of the 2 bottom left and right speakers. It kind of melts the sounds together. If you games can run in 3.1 then keep it. When playing shooters it can be help full to hear some one shooting at you when they are above you.
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I found surround sound gaming to be a waste in general. In general most games just mail it in on the sound department.

Also sound is becoming more and more neglected in game development as the DVD format is running out of space. It's becoming the first thing tossed out the window and the compression of gaming audio is getting worse and worse.
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