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Offline LugwidVanB

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Mp3's and speakers
« on: Aug 11, 2009, 02:46 PM »
I listen almost exclusively to mp3 music on the computer and car. I wanted to buy a set of 5 surround speakers but now I read that mp3's only play on the 2 front speakers so any more than that is wasted. Is this true? Why? Is there a solution to use all speakers? Thanks

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Re: Mp3's and speakers
« Reply #1 on: Aug 12, 2009, 12:49 AM »
Music is almost always recorded in stereo so only two speakers are used/necessary.  Surround sound and 5.1 are standards designed for movies.  If you have a surround amplifier and speakers then it will sometimes have an option to pipe music to all speakers and create a kind of "virtual surround" but that depends on the amplifier or device that is playing the file.  It's not something I like personally, as it means you are not listening to the true sound.

The MP3 compression standard was designed for music and so also only really allows for 2 audio tracks (stereo).  Having said that, there is a newer version of the MP3 encoder that supports 5.1 with only a small overhead.  See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3_Surround.  This standard is only really any good though if you have 5.1 source material, which most music is not.

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Re: Mp3's and speakers
« Reply #2 on: Aug 12, 2009, 02:33 AM »
Thanks for the enlightenment Buff. I read somewhere that logitech makes the best surround sound speakers. The  Logitech X-540 5.1 Speaker System is around $75. Is there a better deal? Thanks.

Tom

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Re: Mp3's and speakers
« Reply #3 on: Aug 12, 2009, 07:50 AM »
I would spend some time in a store that sells audio equipment.  Speakers are like monitors, you should listen to them before you buy.  Everyone has different preferences, and ears.  I have a pair of Klipsch that I think are terrific, probably the best I've heard, but you might not like them at all.

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Re: Mp3's and speakers
« Reply #4 on: Sep 01, 2009, 04:15 AM »
My Klipsch 2.1 were stolen unfortunately some time ago. I replaced them with some cheap but very good for the price Logitech X230's and for the price they rock. Of course having and Xfi now the Grado 80 cans I have are stunningly superb.