Originally Posted by Bing
People shouldn't confuse reflected sound as this out-of-phase hollow sound. For those who don't know what dipole sounds like, just experiment with your fronts. Wire one speaker with + to - and see what that sounds like. It's annoying.
Bi/Tri/Quad or Omni can give you a big sound without resorting to dipole.
Comment to that Paradigm rep:
He said what the company wanted him to say. Here's me reading between the lines.
"We (Paradigm) have long invested in the ADP design. It made sense back in the day of Pro-Logic. However, we can't simply admit that we're outdated but we do recognize that other forms of multi directional speakers are better for discrete channels. Tell you what we'll do. We'll take our best selling line (I'm guessing) and convert them to bipoles. Give the customers some market-speak about how bipoles work for non-ideal layouts but still say ADP is best. But! If the bipoles sell like hotcakes, then we'll revamp the Reference line and says it's customer demand. That way, we'll never have to admit we were wrong not to switch years ago.
You are probably not far off from the truth.
I actually started to engage him into the whole history of surrounds, from the initial THX recommendation of di-pole and how/why that was "good" back then.....and what is "best" for dedicated home theatres now that we have true discrete surround channels mixed that way.....
Started to discuss "what speakers are used in todays mixing" viewpoint and how that carries over into HT design and usage, but did not take it too far.
Problem was, he was trying to get his Signature S8's up and running, and I was heading off to Ash Wed 5pm family service, so did not get into the discussion so much.
So - which one?
For me, the ADP-390's I have "seem" to work fine in my dedicated HT.
The monopole front firing bass with the side di-pole does give ambience soundfield. Yet, on discrete sounds I can also localize them...bullets, etc.
Could I "get better"? Well, these are paid for....
Now, if I knew in 2008 what I've learned thru 2012, I'd seriously look at other options. I like the switchable ones, like the ones my brother in law bought last year.
Gives flexibility. Monitor Audio Gold GX-FX Di-pole, mono-pole.http://www.monitoraudio.co.uk/products/gold-gx/gxfx/