Originally Posted by bananapeal
I've found out it has to be placed here, using the room lengthwise won't work.
I'd definitely put the fronts as far back as possible under the slope of the roof, but not inside the dormer window.
That may pose a problem for the center if you don't want it in the middle of the floor there. However there is two other options for the center.
1. You could try suspending it above the screen. Altough since the screen is fairly large, you'll notice that sound is coming from up there. Then again if your screen comes down low, the sound from the center will come from the floor instead.
2. Many screens I think are partly acoustically transparent. So it's possible to put the center channel behind the screen, at the listening position's ear level. However if you put the center say on the wall just under the window, it will be much further away than the fronts. You'd probably be able to compensate with a good receiver though, but ideally the center should not be that recessed.
The DSX guy Chris Kyriakakis recommends using dipole surrounds. I found some veritas surrounds for only $250, do you think they would be worth it? Would they sound ok with the other RCs?
What do you use in your surround setup?
I never heard dipoles/bipoles but they're made to radiate indirect sound. That is, you won't be able to pinpoint the source of the sound emitted by them. (This is because the dipole design cancels sound waves on the acoustic axis; you'll only get reflected sound). This is supposed to be ideal, but surround speakers are generally much more expensive.
The 250$ Veritas VS at Vann's seems to be an excellent deal. Altough this is not for a *pair*, it's for each VS. Matching surround speakers tonally with the fronts is not as important as with the center, and the Veritas are still quite close to the RC line, so the VS should do a really good job with either RC-70s or RC-LCR. The matching RC-line dipole speaker is the RC-R, and it seems harder to find than the Veritas VS. For example, Amazon.com lists it for 393.40 each (in fact from Cnergy Ventures, which is not an authorized Energy dealer). I'm pretty sure the RC-R is not produced anymore.
My surround setup is presently in a phase of transition
I had Connoisseur Energy speakers all around (CB-20s as fronts, CC-10 center and CB-10s for side surrounds). But I purchased RC-70s last Christmas, and now just ordered an RC-LCR and RC-10s. The RC-10s will replace the CB-10s for surrounds.
I'll use RC-10s as surrounds instead of dipoles because 1) a pair of RC-10s at Vann's are currently 300$, still 200$ below the V-S; 2) I don't want the hassle of hiding speaker wires in my walls; and 3) I'm actually running a 7.1 setup. The surround backs in my case are older/crappier bookshelf speakers on their back on the floor behind my couch (which is back to a bay window). Since there's no line of sight between the listener and the surround backs, that works really well as "diffuse surrounds", and they blend well with the surround sides. In 5.1 audio, the same sound goes to the surround sides and surround backs, so the localized sound from the sides is diluted with the diffuse sound from the backs. In 7.1 audio (pretty much only PS3 games), the sound is continually changing and the surround back content is generally close to the surround side content, giving pretty much the same experience.
I don't have front wides or front heights though.