Delurking big-time on AVS - been keeping my head down with other hobbies, except for an occasional post in the MCH music forum.
Anyway, a recent repair needed for my center channel (foam rubber surround was coming loose) has triggered me to start researching possible new speakers.
I've been pondering using Klipsch for quite a while, after hearing some RF-82s (IIRC) at a fellow AVSer's house over a year ago now (yeesh, has it been that long? Maybe two years?)
I listen to a lot of MCH music (SACDs, DVD-A) mixed in 5.1, and also watch a lot of BDs via PJ, of which many recent titles are mixed in 7.1 I suppose (I should probably check my library to see exactly how many are actually 7.1). I currently have a 5.1 speaker set-up, but I am considering going to 7.1 - it would help the rear row a fair bit, and possibly help out all listening positions. I am strongly considering RB-61 II speakers all around, with perhaps an RC-62 II (for the center, duh). Or maybe RB-51 IIs. My two subs positioned up front are Epik Empires, and are fairly well FR balanced for most listening positions. My receiver is an Onkyo 808.
I've included a graphic of the room layout, with suggested positions for a 7.1 set-up. The rear surrounds are a little uneven in placement due to the topology of the rear wall - it just makes the most sense to mount them as shown, so some level and audio-delay trimming will be required.
There is more stuff in the room - I just included the relevant seating, bookcases, subs and suggested speaker locations. The room is fairly "dead" - carpeted floor, area rugs mounted on walls covering windows, seating is soft microfiber, leather, or plush type material. the ceiling is typical textured (but not popcorn), and bookcases (full of books and other "stuff") line most of the back wall.
The four non-center speakers of my current 5.1 system are essentially in the four corners of the room - they are big fullsize beasts with 12" woofers. And they sound quite fine, to be honest. But they are also almost 30 years old now, so I have decided to plan out their eventual replacement. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday...
Also...since I can't (or don't want to) move the seating rows up to provide more room behind the rear row, will the rear surrounds be "too close" to the rear row? Should I care, since I rarely have a full house, and usually it is the middle and front row occupied?
And what "benefit" will the RB-61s have over RB-51s, other than the larger watt rating, assuming I would set the Sub X-over at 60 or 80 Hz?
I've come to some conclusions on these topics myself, but am quite interested in what this Owner's Thread has to say.