So here's my dilemma and my questions.
First off, I have a 5 Pioneer Speakers (FS51, BS21, and Center) from the Andrew Jones line of "cheap" awesome speakers. (p.s. I love them).
Now, I have a few non matching speakers (another 5.1 set) and I want to use 2 of these to compelte this 7.1 set... now I KNOW!! I'm messing up the timbre, and the acoustics, BUT, the BS21's are just too big for side wall placement, and they are a pain to wall mount.
So, knowing that, I want to know, what you guys think about these 3 things...
a) For a 5.1 setup, there's a misconception that the 2 "rear" speakers go behind you, but actually they should be to your side, how many of you prefer the 5.1 setup with SIDE speakers vs REAR. (I ask this, because with a 7.1 setup, your 5.1 "rears" are actually always at your side, not even Rear/Side/corner, so I want to make sure, setting up for 7.1 won't hurt my 5.1 experience).
b) For a 7.1 setup, which speakers handle more SOUND, the Rears or the Side surrounds?
c) How many of you think I should forget 7.1, and that I'm better off staying with 1 "line" of speaker brand/make with 5.1, even though 7.1 could add to the experience.
So basically I'm thinking 7.1, with Pioneer for Fronts, Center, BACK Surround, and the other brand for the SIDE surrounds.
Which means I'm using the "Other Brand" for my "rear" 5.1s, and my "side" 7.1s.
Thank you immensely, it's hard to find details like this online, and I've never played around with the 7.1 area yet, (as I haven't purchased the new DENON AVR 1712) but I'm running all my wiring, and need to decide ASAP.