13.2 Channel Surround Sound

First off I am sure you are wondering why I would just now write about 13.2 as a surround sound when almost two years ago I wrote about 15.2….

I originally started wiring up speakers and more speakers almost twenty years ago. It all started with the movie “Heat.” This is one of my favorite films. I found at that moment where there is a constant gun shootout that some sound should not have come from the rear speakers, but instead should have come from the rear center. Back in the days of the 6.1 channel surround sound this would not have been an issue, however with a 5.1 or 7.1 channel surround sound it bothered me and still does. From that surround sound flaw I developed my own surround sounds to help better fill the void of missing sound in movie soundtracks and effects.

Here is the idea which I thought of then, but was unsure how to make it possible. Now having watched an action movie with 6.1 I am once again compelled to try a different approach to fill the room with the proper sound. Most people will not ever use my surround sound setups other than the 8.1, until now.

Now you will have to choose between 6.1 (6.2 if using dual subs), 8.1 (8.2 if using dual subs) or 13.2 both for the best overall surround sound or go “Way Beyond Home Theatre” with my even larger surround sounds (all the way up to 22.4) that are also exclusive to Premium Audio.

13.2. This takes my idea of using both a 6.1 (if you can find one since they no longer make them) and a 7.1 channel receiver simultaneously for an action film.

Here is how it will work:

  1. From a DVD or Blu-Ray or streaming device you will need to run HDMI out of this device and into a 7.1 receiver. Then run another HDMI out of the receiver and into the TV. This accomplishes two things: 1) it gives you digital sound to the receiver 2) it gives you a high definition picture from the receiver to the TV.
  2. Using the same device that you connected in step one (DVD or Blu-Ray or streaming device) you will need to also run an RCA cable (red and white) and connect the other end into the input on your 6.1 channel receiver.
  3. Make sure you have selected the correct input on each receiver to match where you connected the device to.
  4. Power on the TV, both receivers both powered sub woofers and the device you connected (DVD or Blue_Ray or streaming device).

Now you have the best picture quality and one of the best surround sounds….6.1 + 7.1 = 13.2 

The best part of this surround sound is that you do not have to deal with any wire splicing or speaker selectors (switches). Instead just connect all the speakers like they were intended to be connected by matching them up to the appropriate spots on the back of each receiver.

Keep in mind you will run one sub woofer per receiver for a total of two subs (one to the left of the TV and the other to the right of the TV). You can adjust the tone and volume per receiver to optimize the sound of your speakers.


If this seems like too much sound try using less powerful speakers when not absolutely necessary so they do not play as loud. In the receiver settings minimize how much sound come out of the smaller speakers to further help reduce their sound.

For the 6.1 channel system the speakers that matter the most are the sub woofer and the rear center. The other speakers in a 6.1 system can be small speakers (satellite speakers) if you want. For the 7.1 channel system every speaker is of equal importance including the sub. Because of this you will need to use better speakers here to pair up nicely with the rear center from the 6.1 system.

Advanced Tip:

Another option for you to consider is to use the same size speakers for all 13 speakers. This balances the sound and basically gives you two pairs of front speakers (left and right) and two pairs of rear speakers (left and right). Here are two different ways of setting up the 13.2 channel surround sound:

 option 1                   option 2

Based upon cost, space and what your personal preference is you could go one of three directions: 1) small speakers (satellites) to save space 2) medium size speakers for better sound and still not break the bank or take up too much space 3) large speakers (8″ or larger woofers) for the best sound (provided you have a powerful enough receivers). These take up more floor space and will be more costly then the other options.

Advanced Tip:

Make one variation to eliminate the echo effect of the 7.1 channel system having the faster, louder and clearer digital sound coming from an HDMI cable vs the RCA (red and white) cable to the other receiver playing the same movie sounds at the same time. Here is the slight variation:

  1. From a DVD or Blu-Ray or streaming device you will need to run HDMI out of this device and into the TV (not the 7.1 receiver). Then instead of running another HDMI out of the receiver and into the TV you will need to run an RCA cable (red and white) out of the TV and into the 7.1 channel receiver.
  2. (Note this part stays the same).
    1. From the DVD or Blu-Ray or streaming device you will need to also run an RCA cable (red and white) and connect the other end into the input on your 6.1 channel receiver.

Now the 6.1 and 7.1 channel receivers play at the same speed thereby eliminating the annoying echo.


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