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What rear speakers to get in 7 ch. setup?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by nathan_silly, Mar 17, 2003.

  1. nathan_silly

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    Looking at getting a 7 channel processor soon. I have a 5.1 system, with dipoles on the side wall.

    The back wall is only 1.5M behind my listening position. What speaker type shall I get? Monopoles, bipoles, dipoles or tripoles?

    I've heard bipoles should be used, and these (I think) work best of the back wall.

    Thanks
     
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    i have a simliar room layout, the back wall is <1m from the listening postion though. i tried m&k ss150 (i have these as surrounds already) and it was just too much, if you can have a look at in-ceiling speakers.
    BTW, io prefer the spread of tripoles but as you will find out people tend to prefer monopoles now, i think, or has it changed again:confused:
     
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    So tripoles are too obvious as rear surrounds- even at a reduced volume?

    NHT don't make bipoles, I would like to match if possible.

    I can get Def Technology BP-1X and BP-2X's, will these be ok?

    If there is a slight difference in sound, also trying to find out if the Lexicon MC-1 has a treble adjustment for each channel, so if the Def. Tech's are a bit harsh/soft I can tweak them.

    I don't like monopoles as sides either- too directional, Dipole is much better- despite what other guys on this forum say (and one loser on usenet whose name you probably know!)
     
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    For the surround back channel I don't think there's ever any reason not to use monopole speakers. It's only an issue for surround left and right speakers.
     
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    I use a single Centre speaker for my rear surround and it works well. Only 1m away.
     
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    Is it odd to use a center speaker as a rear speaker? That sounds like novel idea.

    Is there any advantage to that? :) I have always thought the norm is to use a similar speaker like your front.
     
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    To match my dipole sides I would have to go for NHT Super Two's. I've got a B&W CC6 & B&W 601 spare, ok to use these instead? (until I find replacement)
     
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    We tried a paradigm cc170 as a rear for 6.1 and also a b&w 601s2

    I found the 601s2 worked better it just seemed a better speaker.

    But I think the idea of using a centre works it's just the one we used wasn't the greatest.

    We have 7.1 using wharfdale VERY OLd 7.1 speakers for the two rears I think i prefer it as 6.1 with a better speaker and I think a decent centre would be great as a rear.

    Try the 601 nathan and see how that goes, I don't think you will be to disappointed.

    Steff

    EDIT: Oh if you don't like it and just have the one 601 wanna sell it off cheaply :devil: then we can go full 7 as b&w
     
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    All the best people meet eh Nathan and Sounddog ;)

    What do you guys thing about the Rear surround. Do you think its worth it. What if you only have 1mtr behind you, Not much room for sound to breath.
     
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    Yeah, reason thinking a single bipole (maybe) would be better than a single monopole, as a standard speaker brings attention to itself (bad)

    Can always try my 601, CC6 and a mate has a pair of Celestion Dipoles- and can get some Def Tech Bipoles to demo for a week or so. Should be able to find one speaker type I prefer out of that lot.
     
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    Hiya petrolhead and Nathan.

    Fancy meeting you on here!!

    Petrol, hope you get the power amp ;) oh and if you know where another one is going spare ..... :devil:

    7.1 over 5.1 I personally think that 6.1 is better then 5.1 we do not have much room behind us less then 1m I would guess. We are playing with 7.1 at the moment bu it really isan't that much of a difference to 6.1 the 6th is a far bigger jump at least given our constrained amount of room. The 7th is more for showing off then anything :D

    I'm sure vikki will disagree or maybe if we got two good speakers for the rears I might change my mind. But well 6.1 is great 7.1 is probably better but with a small amount of room behind us it's not much different.

    Mind you in a big open room I would def go for 7.1 because helicopter scenes etc... do flow that bit better but 1 rear does pretty darn near the same job as we are so close up to them.

    So when we all going out to a pub then :smashin:

    Steff
     
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    Off now. I wish :)
     

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