Originally Posted by Leander311
I'm looking to complete an "entry" 5.1 setup in our new house, and some small bi-pole (I think) Polks just went on the cheap at Newegg. For the WAF, I'd likely have to put any surrounds I choose about 8-9ft up on the side walls, I'm thinking 2-3 feet in front of our back wall. The room is 18x15x10, listening position about 3ft in front of the back wall, which is 15' wide.
Anyhow, these are the surrounds I'm considering: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290220
They're $129/pr with coupon right now, wall hardware included although non-articulating. Might upgrade to an articulating mount later since I'm up so high but not real concerned at this time.
I'm running a Pioneer VSX-21 with Polk Monitor 70's L/R, CS2 center, and Outlaw LFM-1+ sub. All bought on the cheap, of course... It's hell refurbing a HUD repo! 75/25 Music/HT, as we are both classically-trained musicians.
Any grave concerns with this setup or other suggestions?
All that sounds fine. Just a few things, though...
* I'd steer clear of those Polk RM8s. I'm sure they're decent enough speakers, but having only one tweeter on one side rather than two, is definitely
You'll get better a better spread of sound with a design like the Emotiva ERD-1
, Paradigm ADP-190
, or even quadpoles like the Axiom QS8
* Having speakers that are dipole/bipole switchable is an advantage in that you can check and choose whatever works best. Additionally, if you were to add rear speakers in the future, you may well want switch the sides to dipole.
* Aim to go 7.1 if at all possible. It's a big improvement, and all 5.1 mixes (and 2.0 mixes) upconvert amazingly well to 7.1.
If you want to stick with two speakers, consider a dual-monopole-switchable speaker like the Infinity Classia C255ES or JBL P520WS
* Don't be too concerned with having to buy a matching brand for your surrounds. What with the massively different positioning to your fronts, wall-mounting and reflections, it's a non-issue. Audyssey helps to correct for these differences, anyway.
* Placement-wise, aim to have your surrounds just behind the listening position if you're only going 5.1 with bipoles. This will give you a good blend of side/rear, allowing for bounce off the back wall.
* However, dipoles generally work best directly to the sides, rather than behind you. So if you choose dipole/bipole switchables, try testing them out in both modes in both positions, and see what you prefer.
Good luck, and let us know how you go!