Originally Posted by djtoodles
Ok so from what i am gathering from reading is that surround (rear) speakers are the same type of speakers as the fronts? they are not a special type of speaker. so theoretically whatever i buy for my fronts i can buy for my surrounds?
I am debating between all bookshelf or all satellites. or at least bookshelfs in front and satellites for rear. I have not figured out how the hell i am getting speaker wire to the back yet
Theoretically you could use book shelves all around. That's what I am doing because I already have 2 pair of bookshelf speakers. They're both Boston Acoustic but different lines. I'm using the smaller ones as surround simply because with what I have it makes sense to use the bigger ones as the front mains.
If you look at entire lines these does however, most speaker lines seem to have a dedicated surround-type speaker that is capable of being used as dipole or bipole by flipping a switch. For instance look at these Atlantic Tech surrounds
I have looked at because I bought the matching center:
versus the mains
that go with them.
From everything I've been reading specialized surrounds can enhance the listening experience, but not essential. The only reason I haven't bought these even at what I consider a damn good price is cash flow problems and a spouse who thinks what I have is good enough.
Then again Hal is probably right and for us what I already have ARE good enough.
So yeah, You can use the same bookshelf speakers for front and back BUT if you're looking at a particular brand and the price is the same (as is the case with my example) it wouldn't hurt to get the specialized surrounds.
As for running the speaker wire. If you ran it along the ceiling for instance, you could always paint the wire to blend in. I've got my surround wires running across the beams above me (cathedral ceiling) I just try not to look up.