Trying to decide on speakers, need advice

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  1. mjones

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    I'm in the process of designing a dedicated home theater room. My room is relatively small, 17'x13'. I really like the sound of def techs and was either going to purchase the Mythos 10 for my l/c/r speakers with 2 supercubes or use the Mythos ST for the l/r channels and mythos 10 for the center. Given space and room size I'm leaning towards the mythos 10 on the wall with supercubes if that set up would be comparable to the STs. Any thoughts?
     
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    Thoughts are... You want speakers on the floor? Buy the ST/S. You want speakers on the wall? Buy the 10.
     
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    I guess the question is, will one setup over another favor the smaller room or will the ST/S sound better than the 10s with subs? I'd prefer not to order and return a bunch of speakers so before giving up the ST/S I want to be sure I'd be happy with them.
     
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    Size of the room shouldn't play a factor in what speakers you purchase except for esthetic reasons. You should always go with the ones you think are gonna sound the best period. Chances are you aren't gonna always have these speakers in the same room for the entire time you own them.
     
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    What are the benefits of expanding from 5.1 to 7.1 speakers? Are those two extra speakers worth the cost? Anyone have any insight on this. THanks
     
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    You can do height/width...Audyssey DSX/DPL IIz. In true home theatre...your seating should be in the middle of the room...to no further than 60% towards the back wall. That is to make room for "proper" speaker placement regardless of 5.1 or 7.1. How big is your "screen"? Even a 60" set you are only supposed to sit 6-9(THX guideline) feet back. That is 50% to 60% of even your 13 feet. IF you watch a bunch of 2.40:1 movies...you sit "double the image height"* in distance...which is even closer than THX. * a 60" TV showing a 2.40:1 movie only has a 22" screen height...so you can sit as close as 44" from your TV...during the movie.
     
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    7.1 is definitely an upgrade but if you have a small and more important a small listening area it wont make a big difference especially if your 5.1 is setup really well.
     
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    Room size isn't as important as whether you have room behind your listening position. For instance, if you have a couch up against the wall, the rear speakers won't help much. Secondly, you only have discrete rear channels on BR discs; otherwise you're getting the surround channela repeated. Also, not all films have the extra tracks, but I understand the frequency has been increasing over the last couple of years. So if you have the right condition, yes it's a nice improvement. And then there's speaker quality. Depending on what you already have, it might be better to upgrade your existing 3 (or 5), rather than get the extra 2.
     
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