As some of you may know, Ive been trying to decide between 2 channel and 5.1 or even bothering with it at all. After all I have a state of the art ( ) Dolby 2.0 surround system and that should be all I need. Well after spending about an hour in Best Buy demoing their speakers and Bose Lifestyle surround setup, I decided to go 5.1.
Circuit City has this Pioneer on sale for $190. It MSRP's for $365 and Best Buy had it for $290. It has tons of inputs and outputs and has way more features than I could ever figure out. Plus it has a much more solid feel to it as compared to Sony and even Onkyo so I bought it.
I just got it setup and watched a few scenes from Star Wars Episode 2 and all I can say is WOW! I cant believe what I was missing with 2.0!! Plus now that Im able to use my DVD players optical output, the clarity and detail in the audio is astounding!!
The surround speakers in 2.0 simply create noise behind you which creates a diffuse soundfield. In 5.1 they actually are an active part of the soundtrack. In one scene with Obi Wan being chased by Jango Fett thru an asteroid field, the lazers flying around and the ships flying around is so cool I found myself giggling like a little girl!
Im simply amazed at how much I was missing. I thought Dolby 2.0 surround was ok but its like trying to see a room by only looking thru the keyhole.
All I can say is I am now a HT junkie! Which sucks cause now the Sony speakers that did a fine job previously arent going to cut it now. They make good bass but are very thin sounding. So now I know where all the money I dont spend on my truck system is going to go.....RTi4's all around with a CSi3 center.
Its obscene how much money Im going to be putting into Polk Audio speakers over the next several months.