22.8 Channel Surround Sound
After months of promising something big and having to postpone it, the wait is finally over. While finishing up testing the worlds first 22.4 channel surround sound that I created for Premium Audio, I came across a revolutionary idea and that idea is the topic of this blog posting: 22.8 Channel Surround Sound.
Let me break this down for those unfamiliar with my unorthodox approaches to bettering surround sound that run rampant here at Premium Audio. Simply put, 22.8 channel surround sound means that there are 22 speakers (not the industry standard of just 5 speakers) and 8 powered sub woofers (not the traditional one or perhaps two of them).
The idea here is not to deafen you, but instead to provide you the most accurate depiction of bass placement in a movie as possible. No longer will all sub woofers play the bass simultaneously, but instead will play the bass out of only the most appropriate sub (or pair of sub woofers) based on the closest proximity to the speaker reproducing sound at the moment. Just think about that a moment…imagine an explosion comes out of the right rear speaker and the boom to represent the impact of the explosion coming out from just the rear pair of powered subs. Or how about this….the explosion comes from the center channel speaker and the boom to go with it comes from one single powered sub located directly under the center channel.
Had you been were watching that same movie with current traditional surround sounds (not created by Premium Audio) such as a 7.2 channel surround sound for instance this would have sounded completely different. With just two powered subs they would have been placed in the front of the room (one in the left corner and the other in the right corner) they would have both dispersed the boom effect at the same time and with the same volume (provided they are identical subs set to the same volume level). Not to knock this since it is a good surround sound, but think about how inaccurate the boom would have been. It would have been coming from the completely wrong direction in the example of the explosion coming from the right rear corner of the room and had it been intended to come from the center channel it would have made the impression that the boom filled the entire front of the room instead of just directly in front of you.
With enough rapid movement of action, film companies can trick you into believing this to be correct. The truth is, this is nothing more than an advanced shell game where they are really just creating deception thru a constant bombardment of sound to trick your eyes into being a believer. The faster the movement is, the more effective the trick is. Don’t let them trick you, the next time you watch a film (especially an action one) really focus on the film. If it is a good film, watch it again while once again paying careful attention to not only what you hear, but also what you see and you too will come to realize the inadequacies in the current surround sounds that films are encoded in.
Although the current traditional surround sounds have come a long way in trying to make the brain believe you are in the middle of all the action, they are still generations behind my concepts that I alone continue to create, test and ultimately offer to you. Interested in learning more about how to wire this up? If so, please download my latest book: “The Evolution of Home Theatre: 22.8, 22.4.4, and 22.6.2 channel surround sounds.”
– Written 10/30/16 By Anthony Di Chiaro; published February 2017 for Premium Audio