Originally Posted by Warder45
Attached is a mockup of my living room. I'm trying to find the best surround option since I don't think 7.1 is an option and with the configuration there isn't really a sweet spot.
Would Bipoles or the before mentioned dual-monopoles be the best solution to diffuse the surround audio for everyone in the room?
Thanks - John
I have been trying to put together an idea for a 5.1 combo for small/mid sized rooms.
A wall-mounted Pinnacle QP-9 sound bar (or placed at the base of the TV) can be had on ebay and other places for under $500.
The surrounds can be any of the Mirage Omnipolar series speakers (floor standing towers or wall mountable bookshelf models).
Buy an affordable sub like one of the BIC subs for under $250.
That will give you a system that is discrete and will sound GREAT for around $1000. The titanium based tweeters on will be a ballpark match and with a good auto-tune up from a nice A/V receiver, the speakers should all sound pretty close. My next home theater will be using the Mirage omnipolar speakers as surrounds. Depending on the proximity and space available, I may end up using a nice LCR sound bar under big TV both wall mounted. I found the Pinnacle speakers have a titanium-based tweeter, so there is a good chance at similar character/voice between the speakers after an auto-calibration is run on an A/V receiver.
This setup will only be as dynamic and strong as your subwoofer choice. This speaker system will only work well in a room that is around 2000 cuft or less. If the room is larger, you'll need to look into higher efficiency speakers.
For room acoustic purposes, it's my opinion based on much research that ANY room being used for the purposes of sound reproduction NEEDS to be carpeted and furnished, and if it's a large enough room, it will need sound-absorbing wall treatments. If your room has tile, nothing will sound good. (At least, that has been my experience).