Originally Posted by Cvetan1
I really don't have room for anything else, in-ceiling surrounds are about my only option.
I don't know your room layout… but I would try to avoid ceiling mount if I could.
I would choose direct firing first. Di-poles on the wall second, and ceiling last. My logic for direct, is simple, movies are mixed in that environment, so they should sound the best this way.
I have some hi-end speakers, although not Salk (If I were buying today, Salk would be at the top of my list though). The only Salk's that I have listened to were some HT2-TL. They were very nice and met and/or exceeded my expectations for Stereo. When listening to Movie segments designed to show off surround and bass capabilities. His bass with large subwoofers was amazing… but I thought the surround were not as good. He was using dipoles. I own the SuperZeros that Jdgate refers to above. Anyway, the SuperZeros are small and can be virtually hidden in small locations. Dennis Murphy has also recommended the SuperZero as an inexpensive and small speaker for easy placement.
I have one surround sitting on top of the China Cabinet… kind of blends in with the decorative plates and vases that the wife has up there. The other is mounted on the wall, and blends in with an antique wall hanging pendulum clock and a picture on the other side. The wife was amazingly happy. And while, it isn't quite perfect placements… it works pretty well.
This morning I was listening to a concert DVD that has more music in the surrounds than most. I can't hear timbre issues. If I were to buy the speakers that the Mfg would recommend for my LR pair, it would cost me $1500 or so each. I am not even tempted. First I don't have a place to put them. Second… I am not convinced I would hear a significant difference.
Happy speaker hunting..