Originally Posted by Judo1
Thanks for a great resource here. Unfortunately, it seems I haven't been able to find much on what kind of speakers are best for rear and side surround as I had hoped.
I know they don't tend to be as "good" as the fronts, but does that mean that speakers intended to be fronts wouldn't be as good if used for the rear or sides?
Not at all. For many, an ideal system would use identical speakers all around. That's especially true for multichannel music, which is mastered with that assumption. It's just not practical for most people for cost or room decor reasons.
Of course, for movies some prefer (and THX recommends) dipole surrounds, which are not ideal as mains. In any case, most home theaters can get excellent effects with lesser surround speakers, dipole or not, but that doesn't make them preferable, only a workable solution.