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Recording Studio Design, 3rd Edition by Philip Newell

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CHAPTER 21

Surround Sound and Control Rooms

Cinema surround – its origins. TV surround – the differences. Music-only surround – its needs. Stereo and surround – the compromises. Perception and surround. Fold-down complications. Rear channels – the different concepts. Low frequency options. Close-field options. Study of an actual design. Dubbing theatres. Room compatibility issues. The X-curve. Room equalisation: the concept and the problems.

At least as far as the music-only market is concerned, the concept of surround sound seems to have slowly descended into a mire. In 2011 it has become very difficult to find high-fidelity surround recordings in any commercially available format. What exists has largely become only limited-interest, special-order-only ...

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