I have 10' on each side of MLP. However, there will be people sitting approximatly 4 to 5 feet away from the side surrounds. All my other surrounds are monopoles BUT none are at ear level.
If I run monopoles on the ear level side-surrounds will people get blasted in the ears? Would bipoles be a way to combat that and perhaps hit a neglected area of the room?
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I'm looking at the following two speakers + factoring in something I already own and was considering using:
These are likely the best quality speaker with the worst WAF. Not too mention the forward facing monopole woofer scares me a bit. They are also the most expensive (2k for the pair) meaning I wouldn't be able to get them for 2 years. These would also be a perfect match for my fronts because they are the Prestige series BUT they would not match my rear surround.
Paradigm Bipole in wall P80's
These will have the best WAF. Secondly, the may be the most diffuse (given that they are ear level this may be important). They would be cost effective relative to allowing me to leave my current speakers upstairs
Paradigm Surround 1's
These would be the most cost effective because I already own them upstairs. However, this will really neuter my small upstairs 5.1 setup. They have a medium to low WAF given that they will be 4' off the ground at ear level on-wall. Unlike the 25s, nothing is pointing directly at the listener. Which may help the non-MLP issue.
My layout is as such
So bipoles or monopoles from 10' out,
considering the non-MLP experience (i.e. 4' away from the ear level side-surround)
If bi-pole would the surround 1's, 25S's or the in-wall dual tweeter be preferred.
If monopole, I will likely go in-wall which will be similar cost to the dual tweeter.