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3.1 or 5.1 with in ceiling surrounds?

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Tony Wilkins, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. Tony Wilkins

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    Follow-up question to my speaker question for living room HT set-up. I've been reading and looking through things online and it seems clear to me that towers are far superior than in-ceiling. Our living room does provide for the LCR to be in the right places fortunately. However, the surround/rears aren't so easy. There is an open concept kitchen to the rear of the living room and the sides are flanked with a glass-door and angled fireplace on one side and the entryway and open concept dinning to the other

    So here's the question, which is preferred given the limitations given - all-in 3.1 or a 5.1 with in-celing surrounds?

    Recapping the essentials from the first thread - budget $5,000 for this but I also need a new AVR. I can use a set of Klipsch Reference series speakers for the fronts until I get something else. The room is 19' x 22' with 10' ceilings.
     
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    I would go with the 3.1 system
     
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    I would pick up some Klipsch in ceiling. What is wrong with the reference series?
     
  4. Tony Wilkins

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    Nothing wrong with them I guess but I thought towers would be better
     
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    Which ones you got?You might be able to ceiling mount them.
     
  6. Tony Wilkins

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    Don't have them handy and it's been a while. Their bookshelf speakers I think they are RB8/RC8 IIRC. Had them maybe up to eight years.
     
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    There's nothing wrong with in ceiling surrounds as long as you can properly place them; meaning behind the listening position and properly calibrated. I've heard a friend's setup like this in a large open space and it worked surprisingly well. Surrounds are intended to be diffused, not direct radiating, so in celing can work just fine.
     
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    Klipsch Reference RSX-4 is what the none center speakers are. The center is Reference RCX-4
     
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    You can mount those things easy.Your choice.Mount those. (There are ceiling mounts specifically for this)In-ceiling KlipschForgoing surround
     

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