If you like the parts of the 9.5.4 channel surround system we discussed in our previous blog post, but felt it was somewhat lacking you will like this post. This post is all about the optional variations to 9.5.4 Channel Surround Sound. This posting will add a ceiling elevation to create a better sense of realism without having to use the 30.4.4 channel surround sound system to accomplish this. Best of all it can be done in no more than 4 steps! It is recommended to apply all of the steps to the same receiver and not mix it up, however it is your home theatre so experiment if you wish.

Steps:

1) Add a switch to the FL and FR spot on one of the receivers. Connect a pair of speakers at ceiling height. 9 speakers (from the 9.5.4 surround channel system) + 2 that you have now added equals:

11.5.4 channel surround sound.

2) Add a switch to the RL and RR. Connect a pair of speakers at ceiling height. 9 speakers (from the 9.5.4 surround channel system) + 2 that you have now added equals:

 11.5.4 channel surround sound.

3) Take the existing pseudo sub used as a front center and uncover the mids and tweeters. Place it at ceiling height. 9 speakers (from the 9.5.4 surround channel system) + 1 that you have now added equals 10 speakers. Because you have subtracted one of the pseudo subs is this equals:

10.4.4 channel surround sound.

4) Add a ceiling height middle center. Connect it as you did when following the post on the 9.5.4 channel surround sound under the SL and SR Receiver B instructions. 9 speakers (from the 9.5.4 surround channel system) + 1 that you have now added equals 10 speakers.

10.5.4 channel surround sound.

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If combined you can get up to a 15.4.4 channel surround sound. Here is how in case I lost you:

Remember these variations of your choice are used on the 9.5.4 channel surround sound system.

In step 1 you added two speakers. In step 2 you added two speakers. If combining just steps 1 and 2 that would give you a 13.5.4 channel surround sound system which is fine if you want to stop there.

If you build on this 13.5.4 channel surround sound system here is what you get:

Step 3 removes a pseudo sub, but in its place ads another speaker giving you 14.4.4 channel surround sound. You could stop there if you wanted, but why not take it just one more step?

Step 4 takes the 14.4.4 channel surround sound and adds one more speaker for a total of 15.4.4 channel surround sound.

Note:

If you want to be different you could follow steps 1, 2 and 4 and skip step 3. This would give you a 14.5.4 channel surround sound. There is no wrong answer. What matters is what you like based on room acoustics, budget and what you perceive to sound best to you! Have fun experimenting, I know I always do.

 

 

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