Side/Rear Speaker Advice/Suggestions Request

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Beamer, Jun 9, 2002.

  1. Beamer

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    I'm currently upgrading a 5.1 system to 7.1 and am interested in feedback from people that have struggled with the same decision as me i.e which speakers to use for the side/rear!

    Currently my system currently comprises (or will shortly when Bryston get their act together):

    Processor/Amplifier: Lex MC-12 / Bryston 9B / 4B

    Front: IMF Professional Monitors (Huge Monsters but I would never part with them)

    Center: B&W LCR60 S3

    Rear: Currently B&W 2003's but these will shortly be re-allocated so I will need four speakers.

    Since the back of my room has a double glazed patio door, I am resricted to mounting the the rear speakers close (12") to the side wall rather than the preferred position of 4 ft apart from the room centre, I could mount them in the ceiling but downward firing would probably sound strange. Fortunatley I have no restrictions on the side speaker position.

    Since I can never match the front transmission line IMF monitors should I concentrate on making all the side/rear speakers the same tonal quality?

    B&W appear to have discontinued their dipole speaker range due to poor sales, seems that most people apparently prefer standard radiation pattern!

    Does anyone have experience with a similar configuration?
     
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    Come on guys, somone must have experience of selecting rear/surround speakers!

    What about Dynaudio's Audience 42W? I listened to them today and was reasonabley impressed but I do have a concern about their dynamic range on sources other than music i.e action scenes.
     
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    I would think its best to match all the surround speakers and if possible try and match them as closely as possible with your front speakers.

    Only by listening to a few demos (at home if possible) will you be able to tell whats a good match. Its worth having a look at Kefs THX dipoles as they may well match quite well, theyre fairly neutral sounding speakers.

    Consider Dipoles at the sides and a pair of monopoles as rear centres or two pairs of dipoles as the surrounds.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. Having been reading the USA forums and looking through the Dolby web site, I got the impression that their was a swing to only using conventional speakers especially so after noting that B&W have discontinued manufacture of their DS6 Dipoles! I will check out the Kef's if I can find them locally but as you say the best test is to try them in situ!
     

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