Dave, I think 2.0 + 5.1 (+ Atmos) is a good solution. The amount of speakers that you have to use is inversely proportional to the number of listeners.
That's my thought. Best regards,
If you listen to a 7.1 mix on a 5.1 system, the side and rear channels will be merged into a single pair of rears. Whether or not that creates any audible compromise would have to depend on the construction of the mix. For example - in the new Brian Eno FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE Atmos Blu-Ray, Brian's vocals are isolated in the two side speakers for an "inside your head" effect. If you listen on a 5.1 setup, all that information meant to appear in the middle of the soundstage goes to the rear. The listener's setup is another x-factor, as in 5.1 the two back speakers can be designated as "sides" (90-110 degrees off the sweet spot) or "rears" (135-150 degrees off the sweet spot). The Eno 5.1 fold-down with the vocals entirely in the back might sound fine with "sides" but not so much with "rears".If one is listening on a 5.1 system would it better to have a 5.1 source vs a 7.1 source or no different? Because if it's no different then I might as well do a 7.1 mix that both 5.1 and 7.1 (and beyond) can enjoy. However, if there's any audible compromise of listening to a 7.1 mix in 5.1 then I'll just keep it 5.1 for this Hi Res Blu-Ray (and later I will do an Atmos mix stand alone Blu-Ray at a lower resolution).
I like this forum (just supported it the other day) and I find these discussions interesting. I buy a lot of surround titles myself as well.Thanks for asking for our thoughts! That's really cool of you. I am looking forward to hearing the multi-channel mix of the The Traveler.
DaveI like this forum (just supported it the other day) and I find these discussions interesting. I buy a lot of surround titles myself as well.