Could anyone explain the benefits of either set up
Until I started looking round I thought that 5.1 was the only option
As it's going to be with a projector, and I have wall space for 6.1 or 7.1
speakers, any advice would be appreciated
i prefer 7.1 over 6.1, it makes the rear channel less focused....altho i guess you could use a single di/bipole speaker for that.....the same signal is sent to both rear speakers but it means its less obvious and more spacious....works well if you position it all well....
if you want a good test disc to find the best spots, Blade 2 is very useful for it....lots of things whizzing around....
what is good to do if you can afford it/have room is this.....have the usual front Left and Right speakers and front centre and subwoofer.....then at the rear have this......2 side surrounds (bi/dipolars), position these so your head is inbetween them, but have them a few feet higher up than your head level.......then have 2 rear speakers, behind you, approx 1-1.5m apart from each other, mebbe a foot higher than head level.....again these work well if di/bipolar models.........then finally have 2 normal hifi style speakers in the diagonal corners for when you listen to multichannel music....so in essence you have 6 rear speakers, altho you only use 4 during movies and 2 during surround music playback.......(oh, make sure your amp allows you to do this, if it doesnt then ignore the two corner diagonal speakers and set your side surrounds a foot towards the rear of the room from where your head is...).
thanks for the advice
I think I'll go the whole hog and have 7.1 and will probably be glad i did in the future
I'm considering wall mounted speakers such as Keff eggs, Genies or the B&W M1 range
will these be suitable for 7.1 and my room size (18"x13"), and will there be any sonic problems ceiling mounting the centre speaker above the screen?
I've found out now that my partner doesn't want to move the sofa forward (so I get the distance between potential rear speakers and sofa, unless I move the sofa forward everytime I watch a film. I'll have to have a think on this.