Just like to hear some general thoughts on this provocative subject. How many of you guys are using di-poles and why?
Originally posted by buns
Has anyone tried using monopoles firing into a corner? I cant remember who suggested it to me, or perhaps i thought it up myself (it sounds daft enough!).
the mission 78DS are bi-poles.Originally posted by baileych
Because I prefer the sound.
(The answer to any personal HiFi question )
I think that they suit some particular setups (e.g. mine) where the room (for WAF/GAF reasons) cannot be setup like the ultimate audio audition room.
I used to use direct radiators (B&W DM601S2) behind the left and right corners of the sofa. However, because the sofa is quite close to the rear wall these ended up being very close to the sofa. This resulted in the effects being localised too strongly to either the left shoulder or the right shoulder.
Also because I am much further from the front speakers than the rear ones front to back panning had that 'oh, now the sound is moving to the rear speakers' effect.
I find now with mission 78ds speakers mounted on left and right walls (if only the rear wall wasn't a window I could move to 7.1 ...) that the integration with the front speakers (despite now being a different make etc.) is much better and effects pans from left to right (or vice versa) at the back are more even.
If I could move the sofa forward (reducing effective size of room so that rear direct radiators could actually form a stereo image, unlike when they were too close to the sofas, then some of the problems which prompted me to switch to dipoles would probably go away.
I do find that dipoles are not as diffuse as some make them out to be. If you believe the hype surrounding some models you'd have thought that you couldn't tell where the sound was coming from. Of course this isn't true, and you wouldn't want it to be - all that surround processing wasted! A sound from a dipole behind your left shoulder sounds like it's coming from somewhere over your left shoulder, it's just that it doesn't sound like sound coming from directly over your left shoulder.