Originally Posted by SeanCJ
Thank you Electric Haggis and fireman 325!
I only have one wire run through the ceiling and walls to my rear surrounds so I can't easily do what you've suggested with the two wires to those speakers.
I could run two separate wires to the side surrounds though easy enough.
I sit 13' from the right side surround and 12' from the left side surround. Should I still do the bi-wiring to them and run them monopole? Or just keep them di pole?
Thanks again everyone for the advice.
Its very difficult to get everything to sound just right in this large a room, sitting so far away from the speakers. Being all the surround speakers are so far away from my prime seating, should I invest in 4 larger direct radiating speakers?
I do appreciate the advice and suggestions.
There's nothing wrong with having a big room. In some ways it's easier to get the surrounds to dissapear - especially when you're sitting that far away from them. Remember, commercial cinemas and studio mixing theatres are still WAY bigger than your room.
Why on earth would you think that direct-radiating will give you "more sound" than bipoles or dipoles?
With a larger room, you want more
drivers, so you can fire & bounce more
surround information around in more
directions to make up for not having arrays of surround speakers, like a cinema/mixing theatre does.
In your situation, basically what you want to be doing is running you ES250's in BIPOLE (2 wires only), and buying another pair of BIPOLES for the sides - The larger the better.
Maybe another pair of ES250's. Axiom Audio QS8 quadpoles are well-loved by many. They fire in four different directions - Good for big rooms.
Paradigm's larger ADP speakers in their Monitor range are also worth considering. But in your case, I'd probably go for the QS8's. Maybe even replace your rear Infinity's with them, too (although it isn't critical).
Let me get this straight...
1. You have only two surround speakers on the back wall (Infinity ES250's).
2. You have two pairs of wires at the back of the room, and can run two more to the sides?
3. You haven't bought side-surrounds yet?
4. You're sitting around 13 feet from the rear surrounds?
5. You're sitting 12-13 feet from where the side surrounds would be if you bought a pair?
6. Surrounds speakers are/would be 8 feet from the floor?
1. Do you have an Audyssey-equipped 7.1 receiver? What is it?
2. How far are you from the front speakers, and how widely spread out do you have them, relative to the TV / projector screen?
3. What front speakers are you using?
4. How far in from the sides are your rear surrounds?
5. How high are your walls?