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The Difference in Specifications: 5.1? 7.1?
The first thing to keep in mind when it comes to understanding surround sound is exactly how this sort of effect is accomplished. Although it might seem obvious after it’s mentioned, many people forget that in order to achieve some sort of surround sound experience, they are going to need to hook up more than a couple of speakers. There are some options that attempt to mimic the surround sound experience through knowledge of how the human mind works and the ear listens, but for the most part you can expect to have to hang and hide speakers in order to achieve what you want. How many? Usually five, or seven, with a subwoofer tucked away somewhere as well.
Why five or seven? Well, if you managed to find an adult cam site without getting scammed and were feeding it through a normal set of stereo speakers, you would just need two speakers pointed at you: one on the right and one on the left. Headsets bring this closer by placing a left and right speaker over your ears, and a subwoofer compliments this set up with bass, adding the “.1″to the specification. This system, then, is designed to allow different levels of noise be emphasized by the right and left ears. The next step up, 5.1 surround sound, just takes this a few steps further.
Ultimately, each specification is building off of previous specifications. 5.1 surround sound keeps the left and right speakers of the stereo option, but limits them to handling noise in front of the listener. It then adds a middle speak that is not directionally dependent. It is utilized for sound that is not coming from a left or right direction, so much as it is supposed to be happening right in front of you. Then it adds two more speakers – a left and right – behind you. This makes 5.1 one of the more obvious setups to understand, as it is essentially creating a box within which you are centered. 7.1, then, expands even further upon that by adding two more speakers which are, generally speaking, applied to the left and right side in complete parallel to where you sit. In this way, the front and rear speakers can have their focus narrowed and the side speakers can take on the task of dealing with direction.
Why Your Source Matters
Of course, none of this really matter if your source material cannot provide a surround sound audio stream (or seven). The is one of the more common scams you will find on adult cam sites that bill themselves as high end experiences, so really pay attention to what we are saying here. Ultimately, the surround sound experience is just as dependent on having the source material be available in surround sound as it is on the physical amount of speakers on hand and the quality of their sound. While some speaker systems will often attention to make some sense of non-surround sound sources, this will typically just result in it not using certain speakers. Thus, paying a lot on a surround sound system only to watch something that only has stereo source audio is always some version of flushing your money down the toilet.
Surround sound as a system needs to have multiple audio streams to work with: 5 or 7 to be precise. The more common of the two is going to be 5.1 surround sound, mostly because it’s been out longer as a specification, but also due to the level of complexity involved in creating it. While 7.1 can be a theatre like experience overall, it is also something that requires theatre level recording equipment to really make the most out of it. As such, expecting that sort of information from a cam site is both setting yourself up for failure and often a lesson in supply and demand. There just aren’t going to be a lot of sites out there which offer 7.1 surround sound audio streams for their live sex cams, and with the expense of offering something like this, it should come as no surprise to find that it is going to cost you more to listen to whatever ones you do manage to find.
5.1, at least, is somewhat doable and will have many more options available. For that reason, finding a site that offers audio streams with the 6 channels (5 speakers and a subwoofer) needed to pull off 5.1 surround sound, while easer than 7.1, will not exactly be as easy as just finding something that offers the stereo stream. The ones you do find, however, will typically offer a lower price point than their 7.1 competition. The important thing to remember here is that surround sound on live streaming video is still something of a luxury and so it will cost extra in most cases.
Surround Sound Headsets: worth It, or Gimmick?
Outside of the cam sites themselves not providing the right amount of audio streams, or simply duplicating streams in order to have something to stream for their surround sound customers, there are other scams to be aware of when you go looking for a surround sound solution for your adult cam site viewing. The most notable? Surround sound headsets. There is a reason the majority of surround sound setups out today are made up of five to seven literal, physical speakers whose placement creates the effect. We just aren’t all that good at replicating this sort of thing, yet. While sound bars do profess to accomplish this and can be a great solution to areas that don’t let you place speakers effectively, it does not change the fact that physical surround sound speakers are how everything was designed to work in the first place.
Headsets are no different, and it is important to really be aware of this when you look into buying a new set. They may seem like the perfect solution to wanting a surround sound experience and needing the privacy of headphones, but they will not always give you the same, high quality experience as the speakers themselves. In fact, the only sets that are actually any good at the sort of hardware and software tricks needed to pull this off effectively are going to require you to throw down some significant change in order to accomplish this. That’s one thing if you are going to get more use out of that headset than just watching women strip in front of a camera – generally speaking, you don’t want to spend more than a hundred on something like that. If you are using it for more, however, dropping a few hundred down on a solid set of surround sound headphones may be worth it to you.