I posted just last summer (link attached) about the hassle of setting up a 5.1 surround system, and that I had chosen to knock together a guerilla “Brian Eno” 3-speaker method instead.
Well, here we are in 2021 and I have now set up a proper 5.1 system after all! It’s a little bit Heath Robinson at the moment as I am using an old amp I acquired, and I don’t have a subwoofer yet. But already the effect is very nice indeed. The end of Tubular Bells Part One is amazing with all the instruments coming in one at at time from all around you.
But the only 5.1 mixes I have at the moment are the Mike Oldfield ones (as all his reissue series came with 5.1 DVDs as standard).
So my question is: which 5.1 albums should I go for to start building a collection? There’s been a lot of chat on here about surround sound, but I can’t see a thread specifically discussing the merits of different albums.
I’m pretty vanilla and seventies-biased in my mainstream taste, so some 5.1 Pink Floyd and Yes is probably a good first step. I should clarify, I am talking » Continue Reading.