Originally Posted by comfynumb
That's a nice surround speaker it just would not work for me as side surrounds. Mine are actually behind me 2' as I don't have much room on the sides. But they may work for rears. Speaking of rears do they have to match the front stage?
This is what my setup looks like right now, just add a couch instead of the chair and move the sub on the front wall. But that is almost exactly where my surrounds are.
I don't think any of the ancillary speakers other than the center channel need to be perfect matches to the front main speakers. Even though there is much more content going to the surrounds and rear, it still is a small fraction of the front. Not only that, but it's different content than the front so an exact match is not needed. I'd go as far as to say, for movies and most peoples' setups, something remotely similar is good enough. The front three are important because you get a panning of action and dialog from side to side much more often than you get front to rear. Not only that, but humans, don't hear quite as well behind us so a small difference in SQ will probably go unnoticed by the vast majority. For critical music listening in a well designed and setup room, it may be a little more important, possibly.
As for me, I use the S30 for surrounds and Infinity Primus P363 for front wide and rears. Using a mix of Performa2 F52 mains, C52 center, S30 surrounds and Infinity Primus P363 for the wides and rears is perfectly fine. I don't hear a disconnect when listening to movies or MC music. Even when I switched out the F52 fronts with the Philharmonic 3s I'm not bothered by the difference in timbre. Could just be me though. YMMV. The only difference I can actually tell is when I switch the S30 from monopole to dipole modes.