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Tough choice: 2.1 vs. 4.1 for dorm


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Hi there, I've asked the question before when it wasn't quite at hand as it is now: I'm really struggling to opt for either the 4.1 or the 2.1's, and I just can't figure it out.

It's for my college dorm, which is like 3 x 4,5 meter (9 x 13,5 ft). Here's the deal, correct me if I'm wrong:

1. The 2.1's would deliver way more than enough volume to fill the entire room. In fact, even the 2.1's would be overkill.

2. The 4.1's create a better "soundstage". That is, as Paragon -I believe- put it, the sound doesn't just come from a certain point, it's everywhere; it's in your head. Also, DVD and gaming would be more immersive.

I would highly value all of your comments. Pretty please help me choose?

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You summed it up pretty well yourself.

Yes, either system will put out room filling sound volume. Sometimes dorm furniture layout makes it tough to place rear speakers, but if you think you might use the system for 3D gaming or DVD playback, it's worth the extra effort to try and place the rearspeakers.

You might consider getting the 4.1 and either using or stowing away the rear channels for future use.

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go for the 4.1's

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Get the 4.1's...that way if you ever have the extra room, you'll have the extra speakers.

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