Originally Posted by UMtiger
Hey guys, I can't think of a better place to get some experienced opinions and advice. I am new to the surround arena and am trying to finish with the side speaker choice and placement.
This is for dvd only, 50/50 between movies and concerts. I do 2 channel for all my music. I currently am running the G-Design towers and center, and I am looking to choose between the B-15 or the S50 for my surround speaker.
Here are the specifics:
1. to use direct or bipole
2. they will be placed about 8 ft above the listening area
3. to choose placement between either in the corner or on the back wall
4. I have a 20 ft vaulted ceiling
Any and all advice etc. is welcome for type and placement and why you would do it that way.
I have a very small room (for a home theatre) of 12 feet wide by 17 feet long by 7 feet 4 inches high and I'm going with:
S50's as my "side" surrounds and a pair of B15's as my rear surrounds. (front speakers are Image T65 towers and C60 centre). Quite frankly, the reason I chose the B15's for the rear is because there just isn't enough 7.1 material to warrant my investing much more in the rear surround speakers. If I play around with 7.1 and try doing DPL IIx on a great deal of material, including music, and find I really like the rear surround effect, then maybe I'll see if I want better rear surrounds, but for now, B15's are fine.
One thing I would suggest, is that you match the speakers as much as possible. So your front speakers are matched, so for the rear, getting some combination of the B15 and/or B25 and S50 would work well as the tweeters are well matched. Even better is to match with the front speakers too, so you may want to consider that option.