Hello everybody. i have a quick question that i have been wanting to ask. my question is
is it ok to have 4 surround speakers in the back for 5.1? i have a small square room and i play pc games on my desk and behind my computer chair is my couch. when i wanna watch a movie i just sit back on my couch.
i have 4 speakers, the first 2 is at least 90 percent high on my corner ceiling slanted towards my pc chairs directed to my ears.
The second speakers is 40 percet high next to each end of my couch but strait towards my ears.
i was wondering if this is ok? or is this to much of a sound wave for the room and is there any solution like buying acustic panels so it may seem like there only 2 speakers in the back of the room, for both positions Gaming or watching movie
Post by Michael Lawrence on Nov 24, 2018 17:54:58 GMT
Hi there. If you like the way it sounds, then you're fine. There's no ITU police who are going to come in and tell you to take two of your rear surrounds down. What I would do is turn the rear channels down by 3 or 4 dB to keep the entire soundscape in balance and prevent it from becoming "rear-heavy." Again, unless you like the way it sounds. It's your system!
hahaha thank you for the reply. and yes i kinda do like it.. but like what you said it does become rear heavy. I didnt even think of lowering the db down in the back.. Ill mess with it. and i really thought i was just weird having 4 speakers when its just a 5.1 lmaoo . thanks again
Post by Michael Lawrence on Nov 24, 2018 19:56:03 GMT
I think there's an interesting point to be made here:
There is an official ITU spec (link, PDF) that is the standard for home theater surround deployments. If you want your playback to sound exactly as it was intended to sound by the producer and director and surround mixer of the original material, then you should adhere as closely as possible to that specification (and, obviously, treat your listening room). If, on the other hand, you simply want a system that sounds good TO YOU, and you're not using it to mix surround sound presentations on, you should certainly adjust it as you see fit.
As an analogy, a properly tuned and equalized sound system should simply reproduce the content that is played back through it, as the artist intended. If I'm mixing in a recording studio, I want to hear the recorded material, free of any coloration by the particular loudspeakers I'm using, so I can make mixing decisions. However, with your personal systems, if you happen to prefer a bit more bass, for example, or maybe a little bit less HF, then go ahead and dial it in.
We have to draw a distinction between systems intended for personal listening and enjoyment vs systems that are intended as accurate monitoring systems for people to make technical and creative decisions.
So it's fine for a recording engineer to crank the bass in his car or home stereo system if he likes the way it sounds, but it would be inadvisable for him to do that on the studio system that he's going to use to evaluate mixes and make decisions.