Surround Speaker Placement & Type

zirconium

Active Member
Hi All,

after some opinions on our new home cinema equipment. I have some pictures below and a basic diagram created in visio using the basic shapes.

Our current settee is going in 6 weeks time and a new corner settee will be arriving. I ordered the Yahama RX-A3060 this week and that get delivered on Thursday, with the Monitor Audio Gold 200 floor standing speakers, Gold W15 subwoofer and Gold C150 for Centre.

The complicated parts is the surround with two options we are considering, they are the Gold FX or the Apex A40.

So this is a diagram of our lounge / dining room.



our current settee is by the bi-folding doors with the tv at the other end.

Yesterday we played with some a4 pieces of paper to extend our current settee and move the lounge into how it would look.





The box at the far end is the Gold Subwoofer made to size to represent the W15 and the black box (Current soundbar subwoofer) is one of the floor standing speakers with the other floor standing speaker the white piece of paper on the the floor next to the cardboard subwoofer.

So this morning, I made some paper Gold FX surround and Apex A40 for viewing only to see what is best on size and fitment to the room. The position is not exact but more for weighing up which looks better.



So Sharon (Wife) and I are not sure. The settee will be placed against that wall as per the images above and diagram. Both speakers would be good in terms of quality but deciding which is best is hard.

I welcome your views...

for information, my head is telling me Gold FX but by heart is saying Apex A40 because the wall bracket does have a 22.5 degree swing so technically they could be angled towards us slightly.

The current soundbar etc.. will be going.

Thanks for your feedback in advance.

Shaun
 

kbfern

Distinguished Member
The Gold series are not exactly cheap and IMV you can get better for much less money.

The XTZ series are really well regarded and come for far less money (a 5.1 setup for approx £3.5k) and look and sound top class especially for cinema use.

XTZ Cinema Series Review

XTZ Cinema Series UK

I did a shootout with a mates MA Platinum 200 v my XTZ M6 cinemas and they were very closely matched but the XTZ cost about a third what the platinums were.

Get a demo if I were you before you spend a load more than you need too.
 
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DodgeTheViper

Moderator
Hi Shaun,

To answer the question that you've posed.

If your budget allows, go with your gut feeling. You'll know what your gut is telling you ;)
 

zirconium

Active Member
The Gold series are not exactly cheap and IMV you can get better for much less money.

The XTZ series are really well regarded and come for far less money (a 5.1 setup for approx £3.5k) and look and sound top class especially for cinema use.

XTZ Cinema Series Review

XTZ Cinema Series UK

I did a shootout with a mates MA Platinum 200 v my XTZ M6 cinemas and they were very closely matched but the XTZ cost about a third what the platinums were.

Get a demo if I were you before you spend a load more than you need too.
Hi,

Thanks for your recommendation and I will give them a look. The point that I am undecided about is which surround speaker is more suitable for the home cinema setup in my lounge?

Regards
Shaun
 

zirconium

Active Member
Hi Shaun,

To answer the question that you've posed.

If your budget allows, go with your gut feeling. You'll know what your gut is telling you ;)
Hi,

That does make sense but we are at a 50 / 50 split at the moment between head and gut. I was hoping that some more experienced home cinema people with greater skills and knowledge then me would share some of their wisdom.

I do feel that with the Gold FX, 4 speakers are never going to be used as this would mean putting them in dipole mode but in monopole mode it is the front speaker and tweeter only. I assume I have understood the numerous articles I have read.

Thanks for your reply.
Shaun
 

DodgeTheViper

Moderator
For a better speaker match, I would say the Gold FX.

For aesthetic reasons, again I'd say the Gold FX would look far better.
 

kbfern

Distinguished Member
I agree with Dodge regarding speaker matching and looks, but why do you not want to use them in dipole mode, they should sound better. They will give a more diffused sound which should be preferable as you look like you will be sitting quite close to the surrounds.

Most of the better cinema speaker makers such as XTZ/MK/Arendal offer tripole surrounds which are generally better for surround use than simply forward/direct firing speakers.
 

zirconium

Active Member
Well, the delivery of the speakers happened on friday :) this included the av receiver & bluray player.

Before I post all the pictures, let me say that the sound from the Gold 200 Series AV setup is simply out of this world! Seriously, I can't fault it one bit.

The Subwoofer is so controlled, tight with perfect balance for the system.

I ordered my cables from Audio Visual Online, the service was first class!

I could write a huge report and may well do so but here are some pictures.

All parts in the boxes



Subwoofer, Fronts & Centre installed



Now without Grills





Some images of the fronts





Some images of the Subwoofer



Surround Speakers (Still to sort out cables)





AV Receiver



Oppo 205 Player



Watching Avatar on Bluray

 

grims dale

Well-known Member
Nice looking setup I bet blue ray audio and sacd sounds fantastic with those tweeters
 

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