Surround sound question

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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?
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    In article <2qgpikFuq28jU2@uni-berlin.de>, Richard Blackwood
    <richardb1ackw00d@hotmail.com> wrote:

    > 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.

    -john-

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    Richard Blackwood <richardb1ackw00d@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > 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?


    If the source is two-channel (CDs, cassettes, FM radio, LPs,
    "2.0" Dolby Digital), then the output will be two channel
    (front left/right, with bass moved to the subwoofer if
    the recevier or player has been set to do that*) --
    *unless* you first apply increasingly common receiver
    features like Dolby Pro Logic II, which will
    generate output for the other channels, based on the original
    two-channel signal.


    (* in which case the output is actually 'three channel' or
    "2.1")


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    -S
    Your a boring little troll. How does it feel? Go blow your bad breath elsewhere.
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