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Letter to Tekniikan Maailma (16/03)

Home Theater - some thoughts

The term 'Home Theater' has - in my opinion - become one that many in the consumer electronics field - and the media - refer to only as 5 or 6 channel sound reproduction.

Undoubtedly this results from the spread of Dolby Digital 5.1/6.1 formatting. What is unfortunately being overlooked is that for the same limited budgets and space, excellent stereo equipment may be a far better solution.

Dolby Digital - properly set up - really requires the same quality of sound in ALL 5 or 6 channels. Thus ALL speakers and amplifier channels must be excellent if the final result is to be excellent.

Using booming, honky speakers as rear and side speakers is a fast way to ruin good sound. It is like putting a ready-made commercial sauce on a good steak - you never taste the steak! For the same reason, the addition of a 'subwoofer' often only puts horrible 'bass sauce' on top of everything.

Similarly - taking the particular true power possibilities of an amplifier and splitting it up into 6 channels instead of two will - among other things - decrease the power reserve necessary to give clean, defined sound as well as limit the dynamic range.

People are often asked and tempted to just compare 'surround' sound to the sound from a TV - which is always horrible - no matter how big the words 'Hi-fi' have been written on the carton it came in!

Consumers would be best advised to listen first to what kind of sound comes from excellent stereo and use that for a standard - not at all just 'expensive' stereo - (too much equipment is sold with price being a sole indicator of sound quality). When sound tracks are made well, an excellent stereo system ('stereo' - from the Greek word for 'solid') will give a full 'wall' of sound with center sounds from the center, etc.

Also, 'ordinary multi-channel' equipment is known for not playing music properly - that is even admitted by many supporting 'home theater' as meaning 5/6 channel - and thus it is said something is good for music and something else good for films. Two points dispute this logic - 1) with so much of a film sound track being music - why shouldn't that be 'hi-fi?' and 2) if a film is to give a similarity to real experience - the voices in the dialogues and other sounds should be as natural as possible - and that requires HI-FIDELITY - not just superficial surround sounds. And, of course, stereo systems will play traditional music with sound coming from the front - as it should.

Much of the above was summed up - in a rather distorted way - when I heard a person say they knew 'high fidelity' speakers existed - but were there also 'home entertainment' speakers available? I believe that should bring out the wrong kind of thinking going on rather clearly. Hopefully, people will start to do some of their own research and critical listening and not just consume 'terminology' and 'formats.'

Robert F. Woods





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