You guys just keep telling your self......two channel is better than multi-channel. For you it may actually work.
And seriously from your perspective you are absolutely right. And it is cheaper to do a good 2 channel than a good 5.1 or 7.2 or 9.1 or 11.2.
But I believe there are people like me that prefer experiencing the music or movie the way a good and I mean very good multi-channel system can does make it an experience. We tend to experience the music in a more physical sense while two channel kind of like stanind next to the music, and well for us, that is our curse.
I for one can not listen to two channel any more it quickly bores me and is just too uninvolving. For me listening to something that was mixed well and for 5.1 and then played in SACD or DVD Audio on say 4 ML CLXs with JL Audio Gotham and ML Stage, in a well sound treated room with good upstream components. There they say is the rub
Well the thing is I can listen to most source material in either 2 channel or multi-channel, the fact is I am cursed and can no longer listen to anything in two channel, so much so that there are many things I would rather do, some not sound related, than listen to two channel. No offense but I think each of us reacts differently to sound stimulus and my reaction leans toward multi-channel.
For example I bought Beatles in Mono and listened once, for me the sound was so collapsed that i could not listen all the way through, I gave it away to someone who likes mono. How they can truly love mono, I do not know but good for them, they can save lots of money and time and they don't have to deal with the multichannel curse, like the rest of us.