Originally Posted by Teletodd
I understand that the extra set of speakers in a 7.1 set up are basically a second set of front speakers. Assuming I'm correct, if the fronts should match the center, wouldn't a second set of fronts have to match also? Or, are the extra set merely a second set of back surround speakers which handle mostly sound effects and hence matching is less critical?
A typical 7.x setup is Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, and Surround Back L/R. So. In your case, you would have the three Pioneer up front and can use the former KLH Fronts as Surround L/R and the KLH satellites as rear surrounds. The only reason to put the biggest KLH speakers in the surround position is because 90% of content is still 5.x and having your BEST speakers in these places gives you a solid core 5.x setup. Matching the back four speakers to the front isn't that critical. In a DSX, Neo-X setup you have the option of only running a pair of surrounds along with 5 speakers up front in either a height or wide configuration. That will also depend on what your receiver will let you do as far as assigning amps goes. My receiver has fully assignable amp sections, so I could assign two sets of speakers to Front L/R but I would have to tinker with speaker placement in order to get them to sound decent because of differences in distance from listening position if they aren't the same.Edited by jevans64 - 12/13/12 at 12:50am