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optimum surround speaker placement?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by pacemaker, Dec 28, 2004.

  1. pacemaker

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    there is alot of info on net about this and opinionn is divided as to rear or side placement
    my sofa will be quite close to rear and i have dipole/bipole speakers
    any ideas?
    i'm angling towards side as design of speaker will bounce sound off rear wall
    is directly behind they would point straight int ears
     
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    Since you have dipoles as surrounds, i would definitely place them just above year level and horizontaly in-line with the listening position, with the speaker facing forwards (i.e., your front wall).

    The reason is because dipoles produce a so called "null field" that should be aimed at the listening position. This field is produced at a 90º/-90º degrees angle from the speaker (when it is facing forwards), thus my sugestion.

    Hope it works for you!
     
  3. pacemaker

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    do i understand you mean place them on the side wall?
    ie with the null spot in line with hearing
    so actual speakers would fire forward and rear?
     
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    Yeah, that's it. The null field should be inline with hearing. Dipoles produce a more diffuse sound than monopoles wich are more directional. So the speakers will fire forward and rear, leaving the null field firing at you.

    Try it and see if your hears approve! :smashin:
     
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    Dipole or bipole which do you have?
    There is a big diference.
     
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    speakers can be configured either way
    actually have two pairs and used use as 7.1 but failed to see the advantage
     
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    Dipoles must go to your side but do need some space behind them(you).Bipoles can go where you like ,i have tried mine in different locations with little diference in sound.
     
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    I am in a similar predicament, so the general consensus appears to be that Bipoles/Dipoles should be placed at the side of the listening position in line with but actually higher than your ears.

    Am i correct in then thinking that the Bi/Dipole speakers will then fire the sound forward and backwards of the listening position so as to immerse the rear of the soundstage, thanks.
     
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    Correct.

    Used to have my bipolar mission rears at the side of my cinema room about 4 feet above my seating position. Asked Mission directly and this is what they advised.

    However, do not place them in a corner though or they will not sound as good! dipole should be the same??

    hope this helps.

    Cap :)
     
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    Thanks Captain, my seating position will be pretty much at the back of the room, with the exception of the thickness of the back of the seating (if that makes sense). I may just bring this slightly forward so as to not have the speakers in the corner.
     

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