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Alright, so I was all set and ready to add the Emotiva Airmotiv E1's until I realized they no longer carry them. I looked into the E2's and then read a forum posting here about them. The general consensus was

"Strange launch... Dolby Atmos kingdom is everywhere, so monopole speakers are the only recommended nowadays." Other people in the forum for the E2's seemed to agree or be a little weary on this as well, so now I am.

Honestly, I am a total noob and in the process of working on my first HT build. I have no clue what monopole, dipole or any of that means - have done a little reading but don't fully grasp/understand benefits, performance, etc. My current setup is Denon 2400H 7.2 receiver, Emotiva C1, Emotiva B1 fronts and BIC Acoustech PL - 200 II sub.

In short, I am looking for a few recommendations for surrounds on a $400 budget that will pair well with this system.
 

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Alright, so I was all set and ready to add the Emotiva Airmotiv E1's until I realized they no longer carry them. I looked into the E2's and then read a forum posting here about them. The general consensus was

"Strange launch... Dolby Atmos kingdom is everywhere, so monopole speakers are the only recommended nowadays." Other people in the forum for the E2's seemed to agree or be a little weary on this as well, so now I am.

Honestly, I am a total noob and in the process of working on my first HT build. I have no clue what monopole, dipole or any of that means - have done a little reading but don't fully grasp/understand benefits, performance, etc. My current setup is Denon 2400H 7.2 receiver, Emotiva C1, Emotiva B1 fronts and BIC Acoustech PL - 200 II sub.

In short, I am looking for a few recommendations for surrounds on a $400 budget that will pair well with this system.
If the Emotiva B1s won't work as surrounds as they are too big for you, ($229/pair at the moment), these will work as they also have an AMT tweeter and come with wall mounts.

https://www.amazon.com/MartinLogan-Motion-Bookshelf-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B0035FZ11K/ref=asc_df_B0035FZ11K/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312115315632&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=14599904826337262587&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9032332&hvtargid=pla-525598837373&psc=1
 

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So I can just use another pair of book shelf speakers for rears? Ha. I feel really stupid...
 

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So I can just use another pair of book shelf speakers for rears? Ha. I feel really stupid...
Yeah just use another pair of B1 or maybe get the T-Zero for your fronts and move the B1 to surrund duty.
 

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Prob the best move
Yeah just use another pair of B1 or maybe get the T-Zero for your fronts and move the B1 to surrund duty.
I just wall mounted front B1's with the past month, keeping them to keep the fiancé happy and reducing holes. Also not really enough room for the T-zero's. What is the benefit of rear bookshelves mono as opposed to something like these?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000V2SEZU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=vs-avsforum-bestsurroundsoundspeakers-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B000V2SEZU&linkId=87accd5b755028c5243fbab9740ae84d

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01F7AIDA6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=vs-avsforum-bestsurroundsoundspeakers-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01F7AIDA6&linkId=fb93a46af2b43a08f5435ca94fafae96

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005YE7VM2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=vs-avsforum-bestsurroundsoundspeakers-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B005YE7VM2&linkId=b5c9498c9fbcba01d30507fa6b707614

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00067OLOS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=vs-avsforum-bestsurroundsoundspeakers-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00067OLOS&linkId=5c223f0fd0335256a048af34638895d6
 

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So I can just use another pair of book shelf speakers for rears? Ha. I feel really stupid...
My couch is against the back wall so I have two larger bookshelf speakers mounted on shelves about 4 feet above the end tables; they are pointed a bit down and towards center of the room and it sounds fine if you don't have much room behind you to have them several feet back on stands.

But I agree with the idea of moving your b1s to the rear and using that $400 for a pair of T Zeros.
 

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Yep....Emotiva B1's for surround duty!
Problem solved!

Now we can move on to upgrading those subs.
 

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I just wall mounted front B1's with the past month, keeping them to keep the fiancé happy and reducing holes.
To be fair, holes can be patched, and painted over, but I get it - I hate putting too many holes into a wall as well. Where my "media" room is, I've had to switch things around a few times, and I can't seem to find the bucket of paint that was used to paint that room, so I'm looking at probably having to repaint the room in the next little bit to clean things up.
 

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A layout diagram or pics of the area would be helpful in recommending the best solution.
 
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