Re: Do rear channels really matter that much?
I use 4 3-way passive speakers as my fronts and surrounds and love the warmth and depth they give my system. The bass is incredible from these 4 speakers. The subwoofer smooths the bass across the entire room. I have had Cambridge cubes, Sony satellites, and 2-way bookshelf speakers connected as surround speakers and they just don't cut it. It feels so thin and bright that I would rather not have surrounds. For the average home theater listener, they probably just don't care all that much as long as sound is emitting from them. But let's face it, we are not the average home theater listener. We love to hear full sound from those surrounds. Makes those explosions sound nice and full instead of sounding like a fart.