Originally Posted by kuma1
They also said that for surrounds the 10's will work fine. But, highly recommended the es250's.
Beta10s all the way. OK, I'm copying this from another thread where I just addressed this same thing:
Well, many people just do not like the idea of surround-specific speakers. Others think they make perfect sense.
Those of us who prefer direct radiating speakers for our surrounds think that a speaker designed specifically to reproduce a diffuse sound field is silly. Soundtracks are mixed in the studio to be reproduced by direct radiating speakers. Any ambiance or diffuse sound effects should be properly mixed into the soundtrack by the engineer. Surround-specific speakers are a remnant left over from the days of Pro-Logic receivers (or earlier, even) when the surround channels in a surround soundtrack were not really discrete channels and adding surround ambiance was really about the only thing the surround speakers could be used for. Nowadays, the surround channels are mixed completely discretely and discrete, punctate sounds are often present in the surround channels. Again, ambiance can be mixed into these discrete channels appropriately so as to produce diffuse sounds if need be. Properly calibrated, direct radiating surround speakers should not be localizable.
If you plan to use your surround speakers for any of the discrete surround music formats such as SACD and DVD-A, direct radiating speakers are much preferred, if not required.
Additionally, surround specific speakers are often more limited placement-wise.
And surround-specific speakers are very limited in their utility. They can only be used for one thing; as surround speakers. The Beta10s
, for example, can be used further down the road as a stereo pair or as the front speakers in a separate HT setup. You can give them or sell them to your kid brother or a friend much more easily for use as stereo or front speakers, too.