From Quadrophony to Octophony

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This Demonstration illustrates the exact position of multiple-speaker constellations with regular distances between them. The speakers are numbered from 1 to ( corresponding to the number of channels), which may be helpful for the organization of the audio setup. If a set of five speakers are connected to the audio outputs 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 of an 8-channel soundcard, an offset of 3 gives the expected results.

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The five examples illustrate standard situations that may be good for many musicians.

The more speakers you use, the better spatialization you will hear. The 5- or 7-spot dispositions shown do not correspond to their 5.1 and 8.1 pendants, used for Dolby and/or THX movie projections.

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Contributed by: Arthur Stammet (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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