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I'm currently using direct fire speakers for my surrounds (surround speaker locations marked by SL and SR on the floor plan - 5.1 configuration). I find the sound a little too direct - the speakers are mounted at a height of about 66", pointed towards (but slightly above) the listening area. I'm wondering if I would benefit from getting a more diffuse sound if I were to use dipole speakers instead?


Assuming for a moment that I cannot move the location of the existing speaker mounts, how would the rear-firing speaker being being so close to the rear wall affect the sound? From what I've read, my understanding is that dipole speakers should be placed such that the sound fires towards the front and back i.e. not towards the listening area.




FYI I'm looking at getting the Paradigm Cinema ADP (I'm somewhat limited in terms of the size/weight of the speakers I can mount).
 

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Wouldn't it have been more symmetrical to put the surround right speaker against the right wall? Although assuming it's distance and level matched, it's probably an issue audibly.


Bipoles are a compromise between dipoles and direct firing.
 

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For this room, I would recommend monopole-direct-fire speakers aimed directly at the couch from the sides. The right side of the room according to that diagram doesn't have a long enough wall to carry the rear firing reflection and give the same effect as the right wall. So, monopole direct is my recommendation for the purposes of perception of balance in the sound.
 

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Originally Posted by Timothy91 /forum/post/20853394


For this room, I would recommend monopole-direct-fire speakers aimed directly at the couch from the sides.

So, keep doing what he's doing now, in other words. Which is direct-firing speakers that are too "in your face" for his tastes.
 
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