I've had the same 5.1 setup for a few years now and am thinking about moving to a 7.1. My current setup is as follows.
2x Front Klipsch WB-14
1 Center Klipsch WC-24
2x Side Surround WB-14
1x HSU Subwoofer
Currently, the side speakers are on the ends of my couch. I'm thinking about moving the side surrounds to the front height position and then picking up a pair of the WS-24's and utilize them as my side surrounds.
Any input on this? Would there be a discernible difference with the new side surrounds?
The only downside is that they wouldn't be evenly spaced in my living room (couch is in a corner), but I think I could adjust for this with Audyssey. I would also mount them up high on the wall and not set them on the stands which currently hold the bookshelf speakers.
That's what I was planning on doing - moving the current side surround speakers (direct firing) to the front height position - AND then buying the WS-24's from Klipsch and using them as my side surround speakers.
I'm just wondering if utilizing a true "surround" speaker is better than what I have now - direct firing bookshelf speakers.