Are bipoles effective over large distances?

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  1. ChrisRuh

    ChrisRuh Stunt Coordinator

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    I am in the process of setting up my home theater and have come upon a problem. I have a 5.1 system and the bipole surrounds will be mounted behind the listening position. However, the wall that is behind the position is approximately 10-12 feet away. There is no way to mount the bipoles on the side walls (window issues). The front and center speakers will be approximately 5-7 feet away.

    My question is this: Are the bipoles still going to be effective over such a great distance? The receiver supposedly can compensate for speaker distance, but will I be loosing a lot of sound with this configuration? These are wall-mounted bipoles and can not be placed on a stand behind the listening position.
     
  2. Nathan W.

    Nathan W. Stunt Coordinator

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    Ten to twelve feet isn't a "great" distance if you think about it. I would imagine you'd experience better surround effects with the distance you have versus something right next to your seating position.
     
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    Sure they are. You'll just, AS ALWAYS, have to calibrate with an SPL meter to compensate for the longer distance. What's in your receiver is for calculating delay so that from the prime position the sound waves hit you at the same time they're supposed to. The levels are much more important.
     
  4. ChrisRuh

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    Thanks for the info guys! That's why I love this forum.

    /newbie with lots of questions
     

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