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The Microphone Book, 2nd Edition by John Eargle

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CHAPTER 15

SURROUND SOUND MICROPHONE TECHNOLOGY

INTRODUCTION

While two-channel stereo has been the mainstay of consumer sound reproduction for nearly a half-century, surround sound as originally developed for motion pictures has technical roots that go back even earlier. For the consumer, surround sound as a central requirement in music-only presentation in the home has had a spotty history. Quadraphonic (four-channel) sound was introduced in the mid-1970s and failed, chiefly because the technology proposed for it was not sufficiently developed. During the mid-1990s, surround sound was reintroduced to the consumer as an integral part of the home theater revolution, with its five-channel loudspeaker array consisting of 3 loudspeakers in front ...

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