Should I go 5.1 or 7.1 in this room? Please help!

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  1. doug zdanivsky

    doug zdanivsky Supporting Actor

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    I'm building a house..

    My rec room will look like this, with a 7.1 system to be arranged thusly:

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    The system will be Paradigm Reference, with ADP-450 dipoles for the rears (if I get them), and the surrounds..

    The reciever I haven't picked yet..

    Suggestions?

    As you can see, the rears present a problem.. The one attached to the wetbar will be in the way of any stools I would put there.. The other, I have to extend that bit of wall out just to hang it somewhat properly..

    My question is, is it worth the pain in the ass to have a 7.1 set-up in this space, or will a 5.1 be perfectly adequate?

    Keeping in mind I want reference sound, not just a run of the mill set-up..

    Any opinions, advice you could offer would be greatly appreciated!!!
     
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    I think you've got a great room for 7.1.

    If it were me, however, I would use dipoles on the sides and either monopoles or bipoles in the rear for a little more directionality.
     
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    I was wondering about this..

    I don't think Paradigm makes bipoles..

    I prefer a diffuse soundstage over a more *turning my head to the side and away from the TV * "Wow! There's sound coming from this speaker!"..

    Know what I mean?

    Though it won't be hard to demo both configurations..

    So, you think 7.1 sound will be that much better than 5.1, then?
     
  4. Shane Harg

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    I concur with Seth. Use direct radiators for the back surrounds. The whole premise behind (no pun intended) these speakers is to create a bit of directionality when you have objects flying overhead from either direction. I have a 7.1 system with all direct radiating speakers and with the help of the auto setup feature on my receiver, I was able to attain an amazingly cohesive soundfield. Just feels like I am in the middle of the action. No real distractions from side to side.

    That being said, if you don't want directionality from front to back or vice versa and/or it's too big of a pain to mount the speakers so that they are out of the way, I would just go with 5.1. The effect created by 7.1 is by no means earthshattering.
     
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    Well, I could mount them from the ceiling and angle them towards the listening area..

    I'll see if there are any such mounts..
     
  6. Shane Harg

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    I used VMP mounts to mount mine, but they suck. I had to really crank the holding screws down on these things, which are rated at 12 lbs., to get them to hold my 8.8 lb. speakers correctly. Get some Omnimounts. I had a set of these holding some Klipsch RS3IIs to the wall, while I was living over in America and they were rock solid. Omnimounts come in ratings of 10, 20, and 30 lbs. for wall or ceiling.
     
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    Little value added with sixth and seventh channels.
     
  8. MikeLi

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    There is little value in 6th and 7th channels but since I have changed over recently I really enjoy 7.1 and I don't have an ideal set up room but glad I did it. My couch which is the main seating or center seating is only several feet from the back wall with a huge window and heavy drapes behind it. I would not have even thought of doing 7.1 had I not already had the prepro to do it and some matching speakers came my way at a have to buy price. I got short stands to mount the rears facing up behind the couch. They are direct radiators and work great. I have dipoles on the sides. Again even though not optimal I am glad I did it as it gives a bit more expanse of sound in the back. You just have to make sure and calibrate right. I had to bump up the backs an extra notch but again things are good!
     

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