Tech Tuesday – FRC Towers Now Supports 7.1 Sound
After weeks if not months of debate, we finally took the plunge and set up 7.1 sound in FRC Towers, Scott is here to talk about the change
Way back in March I started this train of thought. I had always had a 7.1 capable AV Receiver but had not ever utilized the extra 2 channels, I always felt that 5.1 was enough for me. But when I posted THIS post by Rodney on Fernby Films back then I got thinking.
At the end of last week I finally took the plunge, and my word am I glad I did.
I honestly didn’t think I would notice much of a difference. But with an extra two channels behind me that are both set at the correct level not to be over powering of the fronts, the sound stage just got a lot bigger. Not only bigger, but also fuller. FRC Towers really has cinematic sound.
It has been one of those upgrades that has been pretty life changing. I thought we had the set up as good as we could get it with the kit I had, but the addition of the backs has made me want to attack my old favourite BLU-RAY disks the way I did when i first got a projector.
OK so most of the disks that are being released only have 5.1 sound, but even with them the ONKYO does a brilliant job of sending the sound over to the backs to give you a much more consuming sound. When you do put a film on that has 7.1 it totally blows you away too. For instance, I put on TRON LEGACY, now I didn’t really like this film, but it is now one of my showcase disks for when people come to see a film. Not only is it bright, bold and crispy fresh in picture, but the 7.1 soundtrack is truly something to behold. The opening sequence is amazing with Daft Punk’s opening song spread around all of the speakers evenly with Jeff Bridges beautiful introduction to the grid coming heavily from the centre. AMAZING!!
I bought Super 8, I need to hear that train crash in lossless 7.1 and the Jurassic Park trilogy – Dinosaur over my shoulder? Spooky. Hopefully they will be here today so I can watch them tonight. As you can tell I am a little excited.
So to sum up then, if you get a chance of upgrading to 7.1 it is not a pointless upgrade. Far from it. It has been the best decision I have made in FRC towers since deciding to get a projector!!
About The Author – Scott Lawlor
Chief Editor of FRC. A self confessed geek with an unhealthy thirst for all things Home Cinema. Whether it is the latest Action film or Subwoofer. Check out his home set up HERE
Have you thought about upgrading to 7.1? What are your thoughts? Comment below…