|Originally posted by David Guill
Thanks for the reply. Speaking of the Radias then, what are the issues with room acoustics and setting them up. I have noticed that they come in in-wall installation and stand alone tower type speakers. The towers are monopole but the in-walls are not, Do the inwalls have to be set up to absorb the rear radiation of sound? What other issues are there with this type of speaker?
The inwalls would have to be monopoles as well. A monopole just means it radiates in one = mono direction. Dipolars radiate front and rear. So if you put the Radia inwall, you're surely going to want to absorb the rear wave. Otherwise, it will bounce of the backwall and come back through the film. This bounceback will be out of phase and cause distortion.
Generally, it is very hard to get any sense of soundstage depth from inwall speakers, so if that is important to you, you probably don't want in walls.
I sure don't claim to be an expert on these so hopefully others will pipe in as well.