I am finalizing my selections for speakers and am a bit stuck as to getting direct surrounds vs bipole (or perhaps dipole even). Given that I don't have the option to audition bipole/dipole speakers, I was wondering if my decision should be based on where I can actually put the surrounds given my oddly shaped room:
The only 3 options I can really see are:
1. Bottom left corner on the long wall facing the length of the sectional
2a. above the door on the short wall on the top - pro is that is will be on the opposite of 1. surrounding all listening positions, but downside is that it is pretty far away from listening positions (chair and sectional)
2b. on the middle wall that forms the aisle with the sectional - pro is that it forms and even position with the sectional but now it would be on the wrong side of the chair
Note that the "wall" between the chair and the staircase is just an open space (railing).
The surrounds will need to be near the ceiling, so I was leaning direct so I can easily angle them down with brackets, and that given the research I've done my room just isn't made for good use of bipole speakers, but curious to hear your thoughts.
As always I really appreciate everyone's feedback and advice! Thanks!