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In article <2qgpikFuq28jU2@uni-berlin.de>, Richard Blackwood
> Will all 5 speakers on a 5.1ch surround sound system be put to use no matter
> the audio source e.g radio or cassette etc. or is it only if the audio
> source is capable of 5.1ch sound e.g. DVD's?
You need to have a source that has surround sound information
in it, and you need a device that is able to decode the surround
sound format and route the various signal to the 6 different
amplifiers and speakers. If you do not have surround sound
information, then you will revert to a 2 channel stereo or 1
channel mono system. Some pre-amps, decoders, and receivers
have simulated surround sound and various DSP effects that
generate fake surround sound from non-surround sound inputs.
In this latter case, you will get sound from all 6 speakers.
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