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Hello, I posted this in a different subforum initially, but I think I may have chosen the wrong one based on lack of responses, so I thought I would try here. Apologies in advance if this is the wrong forum to post this question, if this question has been asked before (I did do a search, but could not find the information I'm looking for), or if I've made you read this twice by reposting.
I'm setting up a modest (but hopefully pleasing) sound system in my new home's family room. This will be the primary theatre environment for a while, until I save sufficiently to finish my basement, where I will once again set up a dedicated home theatre room.
My home is open concept, with a relatively large family room (I'd say approximately 20 feet by 30 feet. But being open concept, there is no rear wall opposite the wall where I will be placing my TV. It opens up into the kitchen.
I will be going with a 7.1 setup. Front LCR speakers, subwoofers and rear surround speaker placement is all set (going in-ceiling monopole for rear surround - I understand it's not ideal, but I have no choice and am not too bothered by it).
The question I have is with my left and right surround speakers. I'm going with a combination of PSB Image T6 and C5 for the front stage, so was planning on purchasing the matching S5 surround speakers for the side channels (I get a good discount on PSB Speakers). But the S5 surrounds are of bipole design.
Would the fact that I have no rear wall (close by) have an impact to what I will achieve with bipole surrounds? Do they rely on reflection of sound off the rear walls?
I'm not married to the PSB S5 surrounds and can go with other brands/designs. I just won't get the nice discount on them, but since it's only two speakers we are taking about, I don't mind that much.
Do you folks think I'd be better served by either dipole speakers or monopoles in my room situation?
I should also mention that the surrounds would be used for non-music applications - movies, TV and some gaming - music will be strictly two channel in my setup.
I'll also be using a Denon 4520CI receiver which has Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room correction, if that is relevant.
Any help and advice you folks can provide would be greatly appreciated!