Need help deciding about rear surround Paradigm Reference speakers.

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  1. Edward M

    Edward M Stunt Coordinator

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    Hello,

    I currently have the following Studio series speakers;

    Fronts - 40's

    Side Surround - 20's

    Center - CC

    Want to add two more for 6.1, 7.1 rear surrounds. I listen to alot of 2 ch music...sometimes 5 ch stereo off Denon 3801. Watch movies about 30% of the time. Don't have room for all 7 now but I should very soon when I move. Today I will use 2 for the bedroom.

    I've seen several postings about which side surround people prefer for 5.1 but have not seen how opinions change with 6.1, 7.1.

    I am considering the following. Please give your opinion.

    #1

    Fronts - 40's

    Center - CC

    Side Surround - 20's

    Rear Surround - 20's (Use today in BR)

    #2

    Fronts - 40's

    Center - CC

    Side Surround - ADP's

    Rear Surround - 20's (Use today in BR)

    #3

    Front's - 40's

    Center - CC

    Side Surround 40's (Use today in BR...not sure about space)

    Rear Surround - 20's

    I know the ADP's would be the best choice for 5 channel pro logic...wondering if 4 direct firing surrounds will disperse enough sound w/o using the ADP's

    Thanks,

    Ed
     
  2. Arthur S

    Arthur S Cinematographer

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    Ed
    FWIW, dipoles will give you more even coverage along the side walls. So preferred for movies. For music, the nod might go to directs for the sides.
    I use switchable dipole/bipole side surrounds. I tried the bipole mode and quickly switched to dipole for the diffuse sound. But I don't do 5 or 7 channel music so your situation is different. Also, Paradigm doesen't make a switchable.
    I am using Cambridge Sound Works Surround 5.1's with a passive subwoofer. They go for $199/pair and you have 45 days to make up your mind. Switchable is nice especially at this price.
    If you want to look them over go to www.hifi.com and search speakers.
    Artie
     
  3. Greg_R

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    However, Paradigm's ADP ref's are bipole & dipole (it switches over it's mode at a certain frequency). I would use dipoles for the sides and directs for the rears...

    Greg
     
  4. Arthur S

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    Didn't know that Greg, thanks.
     
  5. Zbigniew

    Zbigniew Stunt Coordinator

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    I use direct for rears, ADP for sides in 2 rooms - one with Lexicon for music (L7), other for HT (DD/DTS). Sounds great to me...

    _zjt
     

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