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post #1 of 6 Old 06-16-2011, 07:09 PM - Thread Starter
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Should I try Bipole's for the surround or surround back speakers?

I am worried that the strange shape of the room and the wall of windows will not reflect sound well. Should I use them for the Side surrounds or the back surrounds?

Why this layout?
I do not want to turn the couch to face the wall, away from the windows because of
  1. The view
  2. The bookshelf storage
  3. I was planning on putting a projector on the back bookshelf and mounting a drop down screen in the valance in front of the balcony doors. (once I save enough for the PJ... I'm a grad student)
  4. Wife approval factor. She wants the couch to face the balcony.

What I have:
Audio:
  • Onkyo sr506 7.1 reciever
  • Polk rt600 front L/R
  • Polk cs245i Center
  • Polk fx300i
  • 2 Polk M3 II (small corner style speakers)
Video:
47 vizio lcd, Comcast HD DVR, Bluray, , HDMI cable to computer in office.

Thanks for the opinions!





3d apartment layout:
(yellow is current rear speakers with 5.1, red is proposed locations)
I meant to center the red surround back! I was thinking of putting one on one side of the cement protrusion and the other above the bookshelf. Can I use dipoles there?




Staged.
This is before I moved in and put in my theater, but I do not have a wide enough angle lens to capture the entire room in two shots like this:


From the opposite corner: (should say surround Right, not 1)







The front (taken 6/16/2011)
Please ignore the wiring, I have wiremold to install! Plus curtains will pile up behind the stand.




Looking at back left
(3d)



Taken 6/16/2011
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As nobody else has chimed in, I give it a try.
The front left and right might be a bit close, moving the left front more to the left might improve the soundstage a bit. Proof is in the hearing. The side surrounds should be parallel to the ear, but the location you picked seems to lend itself for it. The right rear I would move further out from the shelf to the wall. Rears and sides should be angled down towards the ears.
You will get a lot of reflections, but if the curtains are heavy, it should be ok once they are closed.
I assume the receiver will let you adjust loudness and distance of each speaker.
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Thanks RKreutzer
--- I originally had the left front all most all the way in the corner and that improved the imaging a lot, and it would be when I set up the PJ screen, but right now it is kinda stuck there because I do not want to block the door. I moved it over about 6 inches though and it does sound A LOT better.


I purchased the bipoles. Should I use them as rears or should I use them as surrounds? Also, should I angle the dipole speakers down?

Would it be bad to have them mounted an inch from the cement ceiling?
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I am no expert on bipoles, sorry I can't help you there. But in general, you would want the speakers ear height pointed at you. I would have the surround like you have it now on the ac and the opposite one same height at the wall. The back in the shelf/wall at the same height. I believe second best is to mount them higher and to point them down. But as prob. 85% of the info is from the front speakers, I don't think it makes that much difference. You have to put them where you have room so you can still go through a door or enjoy a view. I believe the curtain is more important to your overall sound then the positioning of the rear speakers as that deals with the reflections.
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May I ask what program you used to make that 3d floorplan?

Nice condo btw. What type of setup did you end up going with?

Samsung LN-T4661F
Module:T-TULSAUSC-1010, DATE:
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Thanks! I ended up going with bipoles in back. Everything is higher than ear level, but it sounds good enough.
I made the floorplan using sketchup.
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