I can use in walls but it is a finished room so retrofit only...or floor standers of course.
The local IMAX theater puts the surround channels up high in the corners of the back wall facing down toward the listener. I'm thinking monopoles my be better in my situation. I would like to know if anyone else has a similar room setup or professional opinion to share.
I'm concerned that the rears will just project over my head and imaging will be lost.
Both of the home theaters I have set up have been in shared-use rooms where I could not move the primary listening position off the back wall. In both, I used in-wall speakers in the ceiling - pointing straight down directly to the sides of the primary listening position about 18" from the back wall. Some sound makes it directly to the listener but most of the sound reflects off the back wall / side wall making the speaker harder to locate and giving a more diffuse sound. I have been happy with the results - my current room uses in-wall speakers that have built-in enclosures (Def Tech UIW-RSSII) so none of the sound goes into the attic and they sound great.
Dipoles must be placed on the side wall directly to the side - they also work by bouncing sound off walls - but being too close to the back wall may make them sound strange - I'm not a fan of them anyway so I would suggest trying some before you are committed to keeping them.
If using direct radiators you can move them forward just a little from the back wall and mount them at the recommended height - if you have to mount them at the top of the wall you can angle them down so they point at a location a couple feet above your head so you don't get too much direct sound that makes the speakers too easy to locate.
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My concern is that it's not really possible to audition in-walls and discovering how poor my choice was after they are cut into the wall.....ugh.
I also can't really play with the placement of them realistically as I have very high ceilings and moving them from ladder to ladder would be logistically hard to say the least
At least now I have a pair of options to consider so thanks for that....
What about a pair of floor standing omnis on either side of the seating area...is that too radical an idea?
It looks like dipoles at the sides are the winner here. Now the challenge will be to find something very unobtrusive since in-wall is not possible. I think I need floor standers. I appreciate that link to the wall mounts but I only have a wall on the left. The right side is too long a distance to use the side wall.
Anyone know of any good choices with high WAF? White color would be best. Could be either tall floor standers or bookshelf speakers on stands
The Laws of Physics aren't swayed by opinion.
Dipoles on the sides however the diffused effect is a bit too much I think
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Bose Jewel speakers.
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In A/V reproduction accuracy, there is no concept of "accounting for taste". We don't "pick" the level of bass any more than we get to pick the ending of a play. High fidelity is an unbiased, neutral, exact copy (or "reproduction") of the original source's tonal balance, timing, dynamics, etc..