Originally Posted by charmax
What speakers are recommended for surround and 7.1? Should they be the same make/size? Whats the best position for each?
I'm building a home theater room, so I am open to suggestions. I would like to install in-wall speakers. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks.
It would be helpful to know what you will be driving your speakers with.Click here
to see the recommendations from Dolby Digital on how to place speakers. The front three are the most critical for timbre matching, the surrounds/rears are not nearly as critical.These speakers
mount on wall not in it, but they sound great and will not stick out much more than an in wall speaker would. Surrounds and rear speakers should be mounted 4-5' high anyway, and these stick out only 5" when mounted. They are quite slim. Some in wall speakers do not disperse the sound properly, some are so poorly made they resonate the walls. Not a good thing. The ERD-1s are a dipole speaker, having 2 tweeters and do not have the dispersion problem.
You might look at setting up a 5.1 for the time being. There aren't too many movies that take advantage of the new sound formats yet, and the jury is out on whether it is better than a good 5.1 setup anyways.
I have a pair of the Emotivas and I'm very impressed with them. You could spend much more for in wall speakers and not get the sound quality these have.
They are 4 ohm so that may play into your decision, which is why I asked what you will be using for powering your speakers. Most THX certified speakers are 4 ohm.