Originally, I planned on picking up a set of bookshelf speakers for my rears (5.1). However, I spoke with someone in my area's only real home theater specialty store. The salesman strongly urged me to use the same speakers for L/R and surround. While I'm sure these guys are very knowledgeable, they don't seem all that trustworthy. The salesman didn't ask me many questions before making recommendations, and his recommendations are _always_ more expensive than the advice I can find on the web.
My room is 15x24 but one side of the room is open to my kitchen and dining room. The primary listening positions are approximately in the middle of the room, giving about 12 feet in front and 12 feet behind the listener. If I were to use tower or bookshelves, I was thinking about placing them on the back wall. If I use something like the bipole DS3s
, I'm able to place them on either side of the listening position near the ceiling. However, the left DS3 will be ~13ft from the primary seating position and the right DS3 will only be ~7ft.
I've been told that the dipole speakers have fallen out of popularity (at this price point, I suppose) because most movie audio is tuned for localized rear effects. Is that statement accurate?
Given the following choices, which would you recommend and why?
B&W 683 (matches fronts.. twice the cost of the 685)
B&W 685 (larger bookshelf)
B&W 686 (smaller bookshelf)
B&W DS3 (see comment above about placement)
I generally like my music loud and movies louder. I'm using a Denon X4000, but I may be considering adding a power amplifier to the fronts.