Rear speaker placement advice

Nick1881

Well-known Member
At the moment I have di-pole MA BRFX surrounds, one each side about level with my ears in my seating position about 12" higher. They are close to a wall and I wonder if I would be better with direct firing speakers instead?

I don't tend to hear much from the rear at the moment, though my my room is very small so they may struggle against the fronts.

My setup is

Pioneer LX53
Kef R300 - driven by Arcam FMJ A28
MA RX Centre (Soon to be Kef Q600c) driven by Arcam Alpha 8P
BRFX
SVS PC12+

I will post a pic in a minute.

Any help or advice would be great. Thanks
 

Nick1881

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Here are the pics


 

martin 39

Active Member
hi I have the same amp and I use b&w ds6 s3 rears which are dIpol . I have them quite high no more than 2feet above ear level . and they are just fantastic everyone says how great the rears sound . have you thought about moving them up higher just to try
 

Nick1881

Well-known Member
Well just as a test I plugged in some old little Polk speakers and sat them on top of the BRFX then ran a few film clips, I think it sounds better, the sound is more direct. I think that with my small room, by time the BRFX fire the sound off the walls it just gets drowned out by my fronts.

I might look at some MA radius, or maybe even in wall speakers.
 

martin 39

Active Member
I also have a small room and I find them perfect not so directional on the rear just seems to pass sound behind me . could I ask you a question . how do you find the pioneer I also run a integrated amp on the fronts . which speaker set up do you use for the mcacc I use bid amp is this correct . I also use front align I fine that the best with using a amp on the fronts
 

Nick1881

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I like the Pioneer. What is bid amp?

I use full auto, then I change the speaker setting to small, then I run the manual cal with the keep sp option, all ch adj.

I have just been switching speakers back and fourth and using dolby & THX text clips from the demo world website.

I prefer the direct firing speakers, I'm not saying di-poles are bad, I just don't think they work great in my room.

Now I need to find small direct speakers that will wall mount but not stick out too far, any suggestions?
 

MI55ION

Distinguished Member
This is probably obvious but worth asking, have you tried just increasing the level.

If that doesn't help I would recommend some m&k k4 triples, as pair on sale in the classifieds.
 

Nick1881

Well-known Member
Hi,

I set all the levels exactly with an SPL meter, it just sounds better with them direct firing.

I'll check out the M&K. I can't have anything too deep, 15 cm max.

Thanks
 

MI55ION

Distinguished Member
People seldom move on to anything else (out of choice) after experiencing m&k surrounds, I think it'll solve you problems.
 

martin 39

Active Member
sorry I ment to say in speaker system set up were it says front wide front height etc I use bI amp . I only have 5.1 so just wondered if this was right . my mate used k4 tri poles I believe and he loves them . but not for music so much I think
 

Nick1881

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I'm not keen on the look of the k4.

I'm thinking either Kef HTS3001SE or Kef T101. I might pop down to Frank Harveys for some advice next week.

Martin, yes I have mine set to zone 2, I used to have it set to bi-amp but I use the Arcam A28 as a power amp now. I don't think it matters much either way.
 

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