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It's only a 2.1 passive system to those surround sound blokes. The rest of us know's it's STEREO. 2.1 seems derogatory to me. A way for salespeople to make surround sound seem like a better choice. It is 3 more afterall.
As I understand it, there is a big move away from 5.1 systems, even in the States where people have more space. People are shifting towards what is referred to as 2.1 systems that comprise of a stereo pair and a Subwoofer. This is because it sounds better, it distributes the sound more evenly over the listening area and it suits older or deafer people better because they can more easily focus on the source of the sound. Others just find multiple sound sources make them jumpy.
We make one and are about to introduce another and they do sound much better than a stereo pair for music. The secret is in understanding what it takes to get the Sub to merge seamlessly. In the past reviews have lavished praise on roaring booming horrors because they were considered good for movies. They might be, but they b---r up Music.
The only problem I have with current industry terminology, is awful products passing as "hi-fi". There should be a required standard of true-to-the-original (sorry my brain's vocab is dead today) music production for a product to pass as hi-fi.
ps. 'Though today I put the Bose SoundDock between my speakers and I was quite impressed by its timing and brilliant transients, although bass was poor and it clips erratically quite early on (say 105db).
Hughes123:The only problem I have with current industry terminology, is awful products passing as "hi-fi". There should be a required standard of true-to-the-original (sorry my brain's vocab is dead today) music production for a product to pass as hi-fi.
It used to be called DIN 45500
Also BBC Research & Development defined a lot of what became industry standards (especially with various sizes of stereo loudspeakers.)
Here is a BBC RD paper (14 page PDF) from 1961 where they devised an acceptable procedure for evaluating stereo systems....
I miss the days I had a really good CD system. Since I moved house my floorstanders and amp have had to go and have been replaced by wall mounted style speakers and a surround amp, good and expensive as they are they aren't a patch on my old kit for stereo.
Trouble is I watch more stuff than listen to music so something had to give space wise.........