surround sound

noun

Definition of surround sound 

: sound reproduction that often uses three or more transmission channels to enhance the illusion of a live hearing

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The über-fans who spend between $70 and $90 for the deluxe edition get some more music, in the form of a 5.1 channel surround sound mix on Blu-ray Audio. Robert Levine, Billboard, "Are Deluxe Editions Like Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' Saving Physical Album Sales?," 29 Mar. 2018 And this is after paying $2,550 for the privilege of 17 speakers, 835 watts, and surround sound. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "Lexus RC350 F-Sport is fun but has one big drawback," 27 Mar. 2018 The difference is the optimization for 7.1 surround sound, a step up from last gen's 5.1. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Listen to THX's Upgraded Iconic 'Deep Note' Sound," 6 Apr. 2015 The touring also comes with standard ventilated front seats, navigation, 14-speaker Harmon Kardon surround sound rated at 792 watts, panoramic moonroof with dual glass panels and rain-sensing wipers. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Newly arrived 2019 Subaru Ascent fills three-row midsize SUV niche," 24 June 2018 The $875 Harman Kardon surround sound provided excellent tuneage, but the equalizer is a little too fussy and inside-baseball for on-the-road use. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "BMW X3 gets a redesign for 2018," 28 June 2018 For something even more immersive, the Logitech Z906 5.1 surround sound system is an all-time low of $200, down from a list price of $400. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "Upgrade your PC peripherals for cheap in Amazon's huge one-day Logitech sale," 20 June 2018 Jurassic soundscape The roars and bellows in Jurassic Park and World echo those of lions or elephants—appropriately grandiose for surround sound. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Ways Real Science Would Make the New Jurassic World So Much Better," 12 June 2018 The energy-efficient home has Cat 6 wiring, surround sound and security and a five-car garage with electric charging. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Luxury homes: Former NFL player sells $10.3M Scottsdale mansion with lazy river," 4 June 2018

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1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of surround sound was in 1954

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