Originally Posted by Hayate Kurogane
Originally Posted by Rhodes
For some a 5.1 mix is way more important than improved video... look at all those 6.1 and 7.1 audio mixes that gets pared down to 5.1 only for the US.
Frankly I can understand that but if the source was originally 2.0 and it was up mixed to X.1 I'm willing to stick to 2.0 if it's lossless and there wasnt much or any sound action from the other channels. Would be nice if someone looked at the 5.1 dub mix and see just how much action the other channels got once you filter out all the music.
Unless the Baccano! dub got some sort of special treatment, I can't imagine it's anything to really get excited about, if some of FUNimation's other, more recent 5.1 English audio mixes are any indication. I mean, they're better than having your receiver upmix a stereo track, but not by much. I question the sense of directionality their audio engineers seem to have, when there's actually any directionality involved. Mostly it comes across as slightly louder sound coming from everywhere, voice-wise, essentially the same as the music.
A great deal of the English 5.1 mixes aren't really all that different from the 2.0, because there's not a lot to do with it. As is said, it's usually two things:
And directionality applied to all speakers, and not really that directional. Almost like a 4.0 mix. Sometimes the bass gets taken up a few notches as well. I'll always prefer a well made stereo mix than a 5.1 mix built out of it, because the audio was engineered to be in stereo and placed a certain way.
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