I'm currently running 5.1. I have a huge room and I want to add another pair of surrounds...either as back surrounds for 7.1, or running four surrounds in 5.1 via "Y"-connectors. Maximum coverage for the whole room is what I'm after.
I have the capability to go 7.1, but I want all 7 speakers engaged for every movie that I play.
My dvd player decodes all signals, Hi-Def and regular through the analog outs.
So, according to the explantions above, if I set up a 7.1, and play a 5.1 disc...the back surround speakers will engage. So, if I set up a 7.1, all speakers will engage for either a 5.1 or a 7.1 track.
I already have all of the equipment to do this...I just wanted to make sure what my options were before I installed the second set of surrounds.