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Hi, I am looking into setting up my 7.1 system. My home theater at basement is 15.5x22.5 ft. My wife does not like putting the side surrounds on stands so I am looking into speakers friendly to wall mounting.
  • I plan to use Polk Audio RTI A5 + CSI A4 or Infinity Primus P363 + PC351 for my front and center speakers
  • Ideally less than $250 per pair
  • I hope to be able to tilt the surrounds toward the sitting position
  • In-ceiling or in-wall surrounds can also be considered, but will the sound quality suffer compared to wall mounted surrounds (assuming mounted surrounds can tilt toward the sitting position)?
  • is it okay to put back surrounds on the built-in shelves?

your advice will be highly appreciated.
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  • Ideally less than $250 per pair

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  • is it okay to put back surrounds on the built-in shelves?

your advice will be highly appreciated.

It's more than okay to put surrounds on built-in shelves. As to wall friendly surround speakers, what speakers are you currently using for mains and a center channel? The reason this question is important, you'll want to make sure the speakers you choose for surrounds are sonically similar (timbre) to your mains and center channel.

I can recommend something like the speakers imaged below that online should meet your stated budget but without know anything about your speaker set-up, one can't make a good recommendation.

http://www.klipsch.com/ks-14-surround-speaker-pair

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Axiom audio sells some inexpensive on-wall surround speakers that should do the trick. I would not aim them at the seating position if possible. Ideally you want your surrounds tweeter at ear level when standing. Surround sound is mixed with the intent that it will envelop around you, not be directionally aimed right at you.

www.axiomaudio.com

You can put the back surrounds on built-in shelves.

What speakers are you using as your mains?
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thanks Beeman and ack_bk. I am considering Polk Audio RTI A5 + CSI A4. Another option is Infinity Primus P363 + PC351. Seems they both get good comments here...
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what speakers are you using for your front 3 now? and are you happy with them?

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what speakers are you using for your front 3 now? and are you happy with them?

I am planning to use Polk Audio RTI A5 + CSI A4. Thanks.
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I'd appreciate if someone could offer any suggestions for the side surrounds (mounted on wall) and back surrounds (on shelve)? I am looking for something less than $250 per pair.

For the main speakers, I am considering Polk Audio RTI A5 + CSI A4. Another option is Infinity Primus P363 + PC351.
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Surround sound is mixed with the intent that it will envelop around you, not be directionally aimed right at you.

Main surrounds should act as dipole speakers. They send sound in a specific direction. Rear surrounds should act as bipole speakers. They produce diffuse sounds. Basically the rear surround, height and wide should be diffuse while the main 5 shouldn't be.

These polks make decent surrounds.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290026

You can buy some inexpensive mounts on ebay for like $20/pair to wall mount them and you can angle them many different ways.

You don't need to have great speakers for surround.
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Kidhorn, thanks for that link and your information! Do you think the Polk Audio OWM3 is good for both the side and rear surrounds? It does not seem to be dipole or bipole. If it is only good for side surrounds, can someone suggest another set for the rear?
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I think owm3 will sound fine, I was using an owm3 with stands before and it sounded not bad. My setup was Polk tsi fronts before. If you plan mounting it on The wall maybe you can buy the white color of owm3, black is kinda boring for me. smile.gif
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