[LAU] 5.1 hardware

Jonathan Gazeley Jonathan.Gazeley at bristol.ac.uk
Thu Apr 27 10:14:47 UTC 2017

Not strictly Linux-related, but I want to know if anyone has 
recommendations for 5.1 speakers for editing 5.1 audio. Most 5.1 speaker 
sets are aimed either at PC gaming or home theatre applications.

I'm a classical music recording engineer and I do all my recording work 
in the field with a laptop and a firewire mixer/interface - a mixture of 
stereo and ambient 5.1 with a Williams Star microphone array. I then 
copy the recordings onto my editing PC at home which currently has a 
regular amp and stereo speakers. I edit 5.1 recordings "by inspection", 
editing each channel in turn and just hoping the final product sounds 
OK. I don't hear the finished product until I burn a DVD-Audio disc and 
play it back on my Blu-Ray home theatre system.

I don't think I would want to use a 5.1 speaker set for my stereo 
editing work so I would want to switch from the stereo amp+speakers to 
the 5.1 set. Probably means having two sound cards.

I am on a tight budget so I'm wondering if I can get away with a cheap 
5.1 set just to check the levels between each channel, but still use my 
decent stereo speakers for all the other editing. Thoughts?


Jonathan Gazeley
Senior Systems Administrator
IT Services
University of Bristol

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