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Surround Speakers - Bookshelves Vs Bipole "Surrounds"

Which Setup Would Be Best?

  • Bookshelves pointed at the MLP

    Votes: 2 100.0%
  • Bookshelves not pointed at the MLP (please explain)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Bipole "surrounds"

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Something else (please explain)

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    2

mj30250

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I've attached an extremely crude and not-to-scale sketch of my finished basement setup. The ceiling is acoustic tile and about 8' high.

The setup is 5.2 and I have no plans to expand into Atmos. The couch is against the back wall, and due to various constraints of the room, the only place that I can mount the surround speakers is on this wall (see the green squares). Stand-mounting to the left and right of the MLP (as would be ideal) is not an option. I am attempting to determine what would be the lesser of two evils:

1) Bookshelf speakers mounted to the rear wall and pointed towards the MLP (or elsewhere?), using something along these lines: https://www.amazon.com/Mount-Universal-Clamping-Bookshelf-Mounting/dp/B01MZE0O8U/ref=sr_1_18?crid=1A8TC5N4VT2RB&keywords=speaker+wall+mount&qid=1654525493&sprefix=speaker+wall+mount,aps,102&sr=8-18

2) A bipole "surround" speaker, such as:

In theory I would think that option 1 would be the way to go for multichannel music listening, as more pinpoint imaging is typically preferred in music; although this is probably a less important feature of surround channels compared to the mains. It might also be the better fit for gaming for much the same reason. Option 2 might be preferable for HT, since these speakers will be carrying all of the surround channel information between them, a more diffuse and enveloping sound field would likely be the way to go.

So, what's likely to be the least compromised option for an already compromised situation, across all types of program material? I am open to other options as well, but please keep in mind that for a variety of reasons that aren't clear in the sketch, I am limited to rear-wall mounting.

Thanks!
 

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bkdc

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Extremely wide dispersion bookshelf
 
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mj30250

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Extremely wide dispersion bookshelf

I currently have these in storage:

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Fairly wide horizontally, but the tweeters narrow a lot vertically. I could easily flip them upside down to get the tweeters more in-line with ear height. Do you think this would work better than something like the Ultra Surrounds?
 

Spkrdctr

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I would use your speakers in storage. Put them wider than your drawing facing in towards the main seating area. It should sound pretty good. I find I have to run the center channel on most systems a little louder for dialog purposes. Plus I like a little extra bass, especially below 40hz. Which means I pump up the 20 to 30hz just a bit. Let us know how it sounds when your done. Always fun to hear the listening report!
 
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