Originally Posted by bmack500
What do you all think about the 703's for the rear surrounds? I have 2 pairs of 703's; I was going to use one pair for another room, but I don't think I can swing a pair of 702/fx's for the rear.
Will the rear surround be as good, compared to the 702/fx's?
The rear surrounds do not get as much action as the side surrounds and therefore are not as critical. IMHO, unless money is no object or your OCD rules the day, I would not utilize LSiM703's for RS duty just to match the side-surround speakers. There are other, much more affordable options (e.g., OWM5, TL3, RTiA3, et alia). And, as has been already noted, the wide dispersion of the LSiM702/FX is not the best option in this speaker position.
I am not minimizing the value of RS speakers; I greatly value what mine add to the overall surround-sound effect. In fact, I experimented with configuring my Atmos 7.1.4 setup with FW in place of the RS and found that I could not give up the latter just for the sake of a broader front sound stage. Of course, YMMV.
And, in the best of all possible worlds, I still get to hear my FW in addition to the RS when playing back in DTS Neo:X 11.1.
Sony XBR-55HX929 LCD HDTV w/FALD; DarbeeVision DVP 5000S; Oppo UDP-203; Sony BDP-S5200 (multi-region)
Denon AVR-X5200W (Video: Dolby Atmos/DSU 7.1.4; Music: DTS Neo:X 11.1); Dayton Audio MA1260 12-Channel Amplifier (60wpc)
Polk Audio RTiA7 (F/LR), CSiA6 (C), RTiA5 (FW), OWM5 (Sr, SB), 80F/X-RT (FH, TR); SVS SB-2000 (SW); Polk Audio OWM5/BIC America MSR-PRO6 (Zones 2 & 3)