Information Sound: 7.1 vs. 5.1 (IMDb archive)

Discussion in 'Technology' started by PF4Eva, Feb 18, 2017.

  1. PF4Eva

    PF4Eva Member: Rank 2

    Feb 13, 2017
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    In 2010, Toy Story 3 became the first theatrical release to utilize discrete 7.1 surround sound. How does it compare to 5.1? Let's find out.

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    5.1 uses the standard six channels and can go up to 192kHz. 7.1 uses two extra rear channels (thus, eight channels), and maxes out at 96kHz.That's the only real difference between the two. One is not necessarily better than the other; Christopher Nolan uses 5.1 to this day.
  2. Zelena

    Zelena Member: Rank 2

    Feb 5, 2017
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    Woody Allen cuts his films in mono to this day. Just sayin' :cool:

    I think it's much more significant how much effort and creativity is put into the sound design and mix, than what format is used. These days, all films have very complex and professional mixes, but if the director doesn't really get into sound design (and all great directors are into sound -- topic for another thread) then it's just a mish-mash of recycled garbage from other film mixes. I guess it's not redundant to say that Apocalypse Now was the granddaddy of 5.1 films, and few releases since really deserve or need to be put through a proper 5.1 system.

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