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Bipole vs Monopole Surrounds for Gaming

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I currently have 2 PSB Image B6's as fronts and an SVS PB-1000 Subwoofer. I'm looking to get surrounds next and was wondering would it be better to get a pair of Image B6's to match the fronts or get Image S5's, bipole speakers?
post #2 of 7
Ideally, gaming wants all 5 channels to be exactly the same. They aren't doing any fancy mixing, they are simply positioning audio at 360 degrees and reducing down to X number of channels. As such, 5 matching speakers is ideal, that way a gunshot in any location sounds exactly the same regardless of which sound-hole it's coming out of. smile.gif Bi-poles's will diffuse the rear channels creating a wider area of coverage and larger sweetspot at the expense of locational accuracy.

Bi-poles were great for the ProLogic I days, but don't have much of a place in a modern home theater unless you are doing something odd like two-level seating or something.
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your reply.

Here's a rough sketch of my room,



Will corner placement work? Most of the time I'm on the computer chair but for movies I tend to sit on the bed.

What kind of wall mounts would you recommend for surrounds? Here's their weight, 14.2lb (6.5kg)/each.
post #4 of 7
Corner placement aimed at the half-way point between the chair and bed, or facing forward toward the wall with the monitor on it would be the two options to look at.

Does the receiver that you are driving these from have Audyssey MultEQ on it?

As far as wall mounts, I have no idea. Monoprice would be the first place I would look for a cheap, sturdy mount.
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
I have a Denon 1713, I think it has MultiEQ XT.

I'll look into monoprice for wallmounts, thx.
post #6 of 7
Then yes, angle the speakers to the halfway point between the chair and bed, then run MultEQ setup with the mic in all 6 positions starting at that midway point, then the center of the chair, center of the bed, then a couple points where your head ends up when you lay on the bed while watching a movie.
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot for your help!
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