When you listen to surround sound you'll notice quite a few improvements over stereo:

• The sonic clarity is enhanced because the center channel anchors the sound and eliminates any phantom image shifts that we take for granted in stereo.

There is no sweet spot per se. — Actually, the whole room becomes a sweet spot in that you can move around freely and never loose the sense of clarity, dimension and spatial continuity. One listener described it perfectly as an "audio sculpture" in that, just like


Surround sound is almost universally acclaimed to be a more realistic and pleasing experience to the listener than stereo. This applies to just about any type of program, from music to motion pictures to television. People that can't tell the difference between mono and stereo can immediately hear and appreciate the difference between surround and stereo. It is a development so dramatic that it will change the way we listen, record, mix and enjoy music forever.

Attack The first part of a sound. On a compressor/limiter, a control that affects how that device will respond to the attack of a sound.

Attenuation A decrease in level.

Automation A system that memorizes, then plays back the position of all faders and mutes on a console.

Bandwidth The number of frequencies that a device will pass before the signal degrades. A human being can supposedly hear from 20Hz to 20kHz, so the bandwidth of the human ear is 20 to 20kHz.