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Chapter 21

Surround Sound and Multi-Channel 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. Comparison of different design concepts.]

At least as far as the music-only market is concerned, the concept of high-fidelity surround sound seems to have slowly descended into confusion. Despite all the hype of the 1990s, by around 2010 it had become very difficult to find high-fidelity surround recordings in any commercially available format. What now exists has largely become only of limited ...

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