Originally Posted by slimbot21
What would be the difference in sound if I used a 3.1 approach versus the 5.1 with the bookshelf turned on its side?
Aside from initially missing the surrounds, obviously, with a C22 you will likely compromise the sound quality for off-axis viewers more than with the BS22 turned on its side. It's relative because they will both suffer from some "comb filtering," just to different degrees. If, as described in my post in the other thread, nobody is more than like 15 degrees off-axis, then the difference probably doesn't matter much unless you're a real stickler for maximizing performance (like I am
). The BS22 option is less expensive anyway (and you get a spare), so I thought I'd suggest it. It should also be pointed out that the C22 has a few advantages of its own, such as greater efficiency, which may or may not noticeably help in practice, but certainly doesn't hurt. Also, I'm sure that it is stable when horizontal, while I'm not sure about the BS22 with its curved sides--you could stabilize it with museum putty, like I would in any case regardless, but there is still that little question about how to make it stay put in the long run if that's an issue. I'm reasonably handy, so I never let things like this influence my decisions, but I'm sure that not everybody feels this way. Finally, one possible drawback of going 3.1 for now is that you'd miss the deal on the BS22, which may or may not ever be this cheap again--while such sales on speakers tend to cycle back repeatedly, I've seen the cycle end many times before, too.
Originally Posted by slimbot21
My other concern is the speaker wires. If I used an extra set of pioneer bookshelfs as the rear, I would have to run the wire past two doors and along a wall on one side and past my back door on the other? Is there any recommendations for a way to conceal/run the wires so that i dont have to drill holes in my wall and my wife doesn't divorce me? What would you recommend?
Hopefully somebody else can help you with this because I just run the cables on the floor along walls, over doors (my doors all have a trim, so with the white cables I use it doesn't look too bad), and then up the walls straight to the speakers.
Yeah, that's kind of lame for somebody who has helped a bunch of people install their home theater systems over the years, but I'm not a professional installer, nor do I have the first clue about interior decorating. Most of my "clients" (people I know personally, or their friends or family) apparently have more lenient spouses than many of those who come to this forum seeking advice, I'll tell you that.
Anyway, some of them decided to use Wiremold products to help make their wiring look neater, although it looks kind of conspicuous to me. A couple used the kind that lets you run cables across a doorway without people seeing the cables or tripping on them (you know, the trapezoidal kind that you can step on). At least one resorted to a wireless solution, and I've helped a few others with that on this forum, but it's really a last resort in my view. Then there was another guy who opted to run flat speaker cables under his carpet near the walls (what a pain that was). Does this at least give you some inspiration?