Originally Posted by DarthBeavis
I thought maybe the codecs allowed for some more advanced way to encode the surround sound or something like that . . .just wondering if I am really losing out being 5.1 verses 7.1.
As far as I know, nothing is encoded at 7.1. Any 6.1 or 7.1 mixes are simply 5.1 sources emulated to be 6.1/7.1.
Personally, I think anything higher than 5.1 is a waste, but whatev.