I suppose you may be right about people coming from systems with better DSP for a "fake" surround mode. I have no illusions that this soundbar can make a 2.0 source sound like true 7.1.4 sound. That's ridiculous. For film content that is not coded for Atmos/DTS:X I prefer the "smart" mode or the "standard" mode for a true representation of the content. My gripe with the rear speakers in "surround" mode come from playing 2.0 music content. I don't need individual instruments and unique mixes coming from the rears. I just want them to play the same content as the soundbar in order to fill my living space. The manual's description of how "surround" mode works lead me to believe that that was the case. Granted, some songs sound better through the rears than others, but that's just inconsistancy with the way the "surround" mode processes the content. In the end I guess I can sum it up by saying I want all the speakers to consistantly play my music regardless of the song in order to fill my living space. If that's not something the HW-N950 can do then that's just lesson learned and I move on with my life. It still blows the roof off with Atmos/DTS:X content. For that it was worth the purchase. Sean
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I think most people are missing the point here with their "feed it the right content argument". While I agree that there's no substitute for a true Atmos/DTS:X feed the problem lies (at least for me) in the soundbar's "surround" mode. As stated in the manual, when fed pretty much any content (5.1, 2.0, anything really) in surround mode, the soundbar will output in a 7.1.4 format. That is, using all speakers. Of course a 2.0 source has no rear speaker information but that doesn't matter, the bar is supposed to output to all speakers in surround mode. The problem is that the rear speakers and sub CAN output quality sound... they just DON'T. It's an issue with how the "surround mode" works and processes the signals. In which case it's entirely software based and can be fixed with a firmware update. The main bar benefits from surround mode as the soundstage widens considerably. It's all just an issue with the rear speakers being underutilized in this mode.
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