5.1 Surround Cellphone: As Awesome as it Sounds

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NTT DoCoMo is currently working on a cellphone that delivers block rockin' ringtones in 5.1 surround sound. Why would somebody ever want 5.1 on a cellphone? Well the real question is why wouldn't somebody want 5.1 on a cellphone?

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Okay, this has a little more application overseas where the DMB television runs free on cellphones, but still, wouldn't regular stereo sound be sufficient? That is bound to suck the battery dry in addition to annoying everyone on the train. This prototype phone is currently on display at CEATAC.

Cellphones with 5.1 surround sound [Uberphones]

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So this thing has five speakers perpetually floating around my head as well as a subwoofer? What, do I wear the subwoofer on my shoes?

This screams of marketing bull. It's probably akin to the surround mode on the Nintendo DS that does a suprisingly good job of simulating surround sound using two speakers (in other words, 3D positional audio). But even Nintendo never once refers to it at 5.1. Honestly, it's that .1 that's getting me the most, as I could almost forgive them for claiming the 5 by using simulated surround sound. Almost.