Dipole or direct radiating Paradigms for 7.1?

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  1. Paul Gere

    Paul Gere Second Unit

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    Well, I'm very near arrival to 7.1 sound. The amplification is already in place, with two more speakers yet to go. Current 5.1 speakers: mains (L/R) are Paradigm Studio 100's v.2, center is Paradigm Studio CC and surrounds are Studio ADP's (dipoles). Current plan is to use existing ADP's as "side" speakers and add two new Studio 20's or 40's for 7.1 rears.
    Questions:
    [a] Is using direct radiators the best approach for 7.1 rears, or should I get a second set of dipole speakers?
    If direct radiating is the way to go, should I spring for the Studio 40's or go with the 20's? NOTE: I'll be crossing over between 60 and 80 hz. and am therefore partial to the 20's.
    Any articles I should read on this?
    Thanks in advance for any thoughts!
    -Paul
     
  2. Kevin C Brown

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    Paul- There have been at least 2 threads, one here, and one in the receiver's section, talking about the same thing. How do I know? [​IMG] Because I was in the same boat about 2 weeks ago. (Quick version: the consensus seems to be direct radiators for the rears, and dipoles or bipoles for the surrounds.)
    Here you go:
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...hreadid=105437
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...hreadid=106336
    Both threads have interesting info, but the 2nd is more to the point.
    Oh, I also looked at Paradigm Mini Monitors, but I went with Energy C-3's instead, because:
    http://www.stereophile.com/showarchives.cgi?664:4
    http://www.stereophile.com/showarchives.cgi?628:3
    But...
    http://www.soundstage.com/revequip/energy_c3.htm
    Click on the Measurements icon to see how the C-3's measured.
    Enjoy!
     

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