My small home theater has 12 loudspeakers that cover the walls and ceiling making it pretty obvious why a movie plays in surround sound.
You are surrounded by speakers.
The idea of getting “surround sound” from a two-channel audio system, on the other hand, requires a leap of faith.
It doesn’t look possible to achieve a holographic three-dimensional soundstage from two speakers.
To make matters worse nearly no one hears a holographic soundstage from their two speakers. It is only the rare few we call audiophiles that have invested the time and resources to maximize their two-channel listening experience in order to achieve this seeming miracle of sound.
No wonder people shake their heads in disbelief when they hear us talking about the joys of our systems.
“I had no idea!” Is a common phrase I hear when we first play the system for a newbie.
Of course! they had no idea.
It’s anything but obvious.