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Loudspeakers by Keith Holland, Philip Newell

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Chapter 12

The challenges of surround sound

The choice of loudspeakers for use with surround-sound systems is never easy. One problem is that the concept of surround means so many different things to so many different people. Except for professional cinema applications, where Dolby and THX, along with a few other companies, have laid down strict guidelines, the rest of the world of surround exists in near chaos. Even in professional, industry magazines, recording engineers and producers, who ought to know better, can be seen promoting the idea that there are no rules, so everybody should do it in their own way. Well; if there are no rules in the studios, then where are the references for the domestic reproduction systems to comply with?

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