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New Surrounds for 7.1 Setup advice

Looking to upgrade my surrounds and had some questions on height placement and models.

Current setup
  • RP260F Fronts
  • RP440C Center
  • SVS P10 & SVS P12 subs
  • SS.5 Side Surrounds
  • SB 3 bookshelf Rear Surrounds

Room is dedicated 14x17. Sides are 6'11 from MLP, 5'7 from ground. Rears are 9'6 from MLP and 4'7 from ground

I am thinking of going with RP250S for the sides and RP500M or RP600M for the Rears.

Questions I have
  1. Will those match the RP260F and RP440C I have well.
  2. I like the center firing woofer in the SS.5 sides. The RP250S have the bipol woofer. Any issues with sound direction with those on the sides.
  3. The RP600M have a smaller woofer than the SB3's. My assumption is the RP500/600 quality is much better and I wont notice a difference in bass output but surely don't want to downgrade.
  4. Would the RP500M be sufficient. the cost of the RP600 is much more.
  5. At some point I plan to go Atmos. Any concerns there. Lots of debate on BiPol/MonoPol but feel the consensus is the sides can be Bipol and the rears should be mono.
  6. Is the height OK or will these new ones should I adjust.


Thanks for the help.

-Austin
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How many rows of seats?
Are there any clearance issues (ie: the speakers infringing on a walkway)?
While mono-pole (ie: direct-firing) are preferred for Atmos configurations, many people continue to have success with bipole speakers. Di-poles are NOT recommended. Bipoles work well when the surround speakers are too close to a person's head.
In any event, if you are thinking about Atmos, I suggest that your bed-layer (7.0) speakers be no more than 1/2-way up the wall. This will give you good separation between your surround and Atmos channels.
As for speakers, the RP-500Ms are all you really need. The RP-250S would work well too, and you will have the enviable all-matching HT layout.
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Thanks for the reply.

Bad sketch below of setup. One row of seating, no obstructions.

So sounds like get the 250S and the 500Ms. Lower them a little as there a little over half way up now.
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