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Lets talk surround speakers, horizontal Line array?

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My surround dilemma: I find monopoles to be too directional(at times) and dipoles to be too diffuse(at times). I like some of the merits of both but both I find to be compromises when reproducing the surround array experienced at the commercial theater. So what about a line array?

A line array is purported to have very uniform vertical dispersion characteristics when oriented vertically.

So my question is: How would this speaker perform as a surround speaker if it were oriented horizontally spanning the seating positions? This should give uniform horizontal SPL dispersion across multiple seating positions.

Has anyone tried this?

How would it work?

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Member "Nightlord" did some neat stuff with line array on side wall if my memory is correct, hopefully he chimes in here.
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[I find monopoles to be too directional(at times) and dipoles to be too diffuse(at times).

Have you tried Paradigm ADP's? Might be your cup of tea.
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I just looked up his stuff, looks like he did an actual surround array. I'm curious how an actual line array would perform......

No, I haven't tried the paradigm stuff. They do look like nice speakers and pricey too. I currently have but don't use any more, Emotiva ERD-1s. I went back to monopoles but sometimes they really bark into my ear and I can tell right where the speaker is located.

My surrounds are well behind and cross fired at the outside farthest seat and I still feel its too directional.

I currently only have one row of seating setup but have the other seats in the garage so eventually there will be two rows......
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