Originally Posted by brightshine
How do you optimize the car space for 5.1? For the driver? Back seat? I know I do not like listening to "stereo" from my drivers position. The balance is off. Isn't 5.1 mixed for a sweet spot? Every vehicle would present a huge challenge. I would want to sit in the sweet spot. How do I drive from there? Curious on opinions about how the car system would be set to really get the 5.1 sound right.
I could point you in the direction of many happy Acura owners with their ELS Surround systems installed who think that their car is a fine place to listen to surround.
Originally Posted by mmoeding
I've been discussing this for years and it seems pretty obvious why 5.1 is not an acceptable popular music format. It's INCONVENIENT. People will not pay more money to listen to music and be forced to stay in one place to do so. Where do people listen to music? In the car, on the train, while jogging, on the move. People are driven more and more by simplicity with their technology every year. If my niece can't use a device to bring up Bieber at any time she feels like it anywhere she is then it sucks to her. It's not that my niece is being a spoiled brat, she is a darling, it is just the way things are now, she is whom the bigwigs and marketing departments are looking at. If there isn't an affordable convenient 5.1 playback system that is as mobile as the average person is in a fashionable style there will be no market for this.
Please do not tell me you actually BELIEVE this? Of COURSE you cannot play 5.1 on a mobile device - it's axiomatic. Big Clue - how do you carry a surround system with you? Furthermore, the idiot who decided telephones make good playback systems needs to be hung, drawn & quartered.
As for the statement that "nobody sits down in one place to listen any more", well that is their loss. I used to do this all the time - in stereo - and when any of us got a new album we used to do the rounds with it, and go visit lots of others, taking this with us - and people sat down to LISTEN. This is what you are supposed to do with music - listen to it. It is not, and should never be treated as - a background noised to mask traffic, and the industry concentrating on the "mobile market" in this manner has sown the seeds of it's own destruction. It is an art form, not a throwaway distraction & should be treated as such. Moving swiftly onwards, we recently arranged a 5.1 playback event for a new release where the 5.1 was extremely limited and the afternoon playback was to a very cynical industry audience and we were worried, I admit it. However, during the playback of 55 minutes, not a person so much as twitched, every cellphone was off & the vast majority of the audience all said the same thing - how nice it was to sit down and listen to the music with no visuals and just get into it again as they used to do
. People will listen to music how the marketing people tell them to as 90% of them are sheep - nobody NEEDS iPads, but Apple market them aggressively & so they sell. Market 5.1 as the next big "must have" item and it will sell.
Portability? High Fidelity Stereo was not and still is not portable. To claim that it will only work with a portable, fashionable system is pandering to the current attitude and not very helpful either.
Sorry to go on about this, but it is something I feel very strongly about and it is apparent the labels simply do not understand it, so they ignore it.