Surround Sound is better than Big Screen

Years ago, I bought a second hand projector. I used to project movies BIG on a white sheet right in front of the couch. Stereo speakers on either side.

A few years after that, I moved into a small 1 bedroom flat. That was when I started getting into surround sound.

We used to play movies no a 5.1 surround sound system, and watch the movie on a laptop screen. It was a deeper more immersive experience. “Consumers” havn’t realised this.

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2 Responses to Surround Sound is better than Big Screen

  1. Nick says:

    The following JASA article has some observations on this… apparently spatial fidelity accounts for about 30% of overall perceived audio quality, but timbral quality is the dominant factor overall.

    The article:
    On the relative importance of spatial and timbral fidelities in judgments of degraded multichannel audio quality
    Francis Rumsey, Sławomir Zieliński, and Rafael Kassier
    Received 13 September 2004; revised 14 February 2005; accepted 6 May 2005

  2. Nick says:

    here’s the abstract which didn’t seem to make it before:
    Mean opinion score ratings of reproduced sound quality typically pool all contributing perceptual
    factors into a single rating of basic audio quality. In order to improve understanding of the trade-offs between selected sound quality degradations that might arise in systems for the delivery of high quality multichannel audio, it was necessary to evaluate the influence of timbral and spatial fidelity changes on basic audio quality grades. The relationship between listener ratings of degraded multichannel audio quality on one timbral and two spatial fidelity scales was exploited to predict basic audio quality ratings of the same material using a regression model. It was found that timbral fidelity ratings dominated but that spatial fidelity predicted a substantial proportion of the basic audio quality. © 2005 Acoustical Society of America.

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