Do You Prefer 2-Channel or Multichannel Music Recordings?
In addition, multichannel recordings offer more options than 2-channelin particular, a choice of perspectives. Mixing engineers can put you in the audience with ambience (room reverb, audience noises during live shows, etc.) in the surround channels, or they can put you in the middle of the ensemble, what AIX calls the "stage perspective." On the other hand, the sweet spot for multichannel is much smaller than for 2-channela point in the middle of the speaker array instead of a line perpendicular to the plane of two speakers.
Which leads me to ask: When you sit down to listen to music, do you prefer 2-channel or multichannel recordings? If multichannel, do you prefer the audience or stage perspective?
Vote to see the results and leave a comment about your choice.