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Why not 4.0 or 4.1?

This may be a stupid question, but why should 5.1 be a standard for surround music? I've just recently converted from a 2 channel system to a HT/Music system. It seems to me that the center channel is almost always the "odd man out" when it comes to timbre matching. Even using the same drivers, the dispersion is almost always different given the horizontal nature of the speaker. I can count on one hand the number of systems I've seen with 3 matching floorstanders or stand mounted speakers in the front--I do realize that this is ideal.
The center channel for dialog is a given when playing video, but the
image depth using two front speakers is almost always superior to setups with a center channel speaker on music. I would love to hear a good 4.0 or 4.1 recording. I listen to a lot of rock and think that there definitely a future for surround recordings. It just bothers me that DVD-A assumes (for the most part) that the setup will include a monitor to make format choices, but fails to recognize that the center channel gets in the way on most systems in the real world. Just because there's room for 5.1 doesn't necessarily make it the best choice ( I am amazed every time I see a photo on eBay of a 100 lb speaker on its side on top of a big screen TV--is this progress?). Am I missing the point?


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Topic - Why not 4.0 or 4.1? - mcp 13:14:14 01/31/03 (32)


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