Quote Originally Posted by WuNgUn View Post
I'd have to disagree with you here...and, subsequently, I guess a LOT of people on here.
If you've ever been to a concert hall, and listened to a full orchestra, you'll notice (depending on how good your seats are and how good the hall is) that the sound isn't coming from JUST in front of you, but surrounds you, for lack of a better word

Now, your car isn't exactly a concert hall, obviously.
But, if you had your front stage speakers setup on the concert hall stage, I'm pretty sure you could almost replicate an orchestra from the same seating position...
And this is why it's important to have rear channel setup in the relatively small cabin of your car...to more accurately replicate what you experience in a concert hall...

Even is an auditorium, listening to a heavy metal act, again depending on where your seated, your not going to easily determine where the music is 'staged'.

But certainly, a LOT of you on here have gone thru great lengths and time and money and successfully 'tricked' your ears into thinking that your front-only staging replicates the 'live' experience...
Gun, you sort of proved my point for me.

As you said, when your at an auditorium or concert hall, the music "sounds" like it's coming from all around you. However, it isn't. That's exactly what I try to replicate (and have done a pretty good job of) in the car. Granted a car isn't a sound stage friendly environment like the aforementioned venues. However, with plenty of time and tweaking, it can be achieved. I will agree with you though, it does take a bit of tricking the ears. You're just trying to replicate the immersion of the front stage at a venue, bringing that into an automotive realm.

I do agree with what you said, but in all reality it's the same thing, just accomplished in different ways. At venues they use acoustically tuned spaces. In a car, you use electronic adjustments. 2 different approaches, same end goal.

I do understand that some people enjoy rear fill, and you know what, to each his own. If you don't have the benefit of some form of digital signal processing, rear fill can benefit your audio setup.

Just as a note, it doesn't have to cost a lot of money. It's more time then money. The tuning and tweaking is what takes the most amount of time, and plenty of patience. I'm sure you know this. In total my system was under 800 (includes the PC, LCD, amps, comps, subs, wiring, everything). I'm EXTREMELY pleased with how it sounds and get comments about my audio costing more than my car all the time. I just smile and laugh, cuz I know the truth.