Paradigm surround speaker options/positioning

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  1. Mark_Buss

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    Here's a question I'm sure gets asked around here a lot but I'll do it again anyway for my scenario. I'm finally ready to beef up my rear surrounds in my theater. I will be driving whatever I get with Marantz MA6100 monoblocks at 125 watts each (1 for each speaker). My current front speakers are the Studio CC and Monitor 11's and a Velodyne sub.

    I want a good, full and open surround sound. I'm considering the Mini Monitors or the Monitor 3's and standing them on metal stands to the right and left of the couch, about 3 feet from the couch on each side and slightly behind (due to my apartment shape that's all I can do). Do I aim these directly at the couch or do I bounce them off the ceiling - which is something I read in home theater mag. Or would I be better off with (bi-pole?) speakers like the ADP370 - and what would their placement be?

    My pre amp is currently the SR7000 but I'm upgrading to a Rotel 1066 sometime in the future.

    I don't usually have time to demo things so I just come here and ask and then go home and enjoy. Thanks!
     
  2. Felipe S

    Felipe S Stunt Coordinator

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    The thing about Mini Monitors & monitor 3's is that you'll need something a little better than metal stands to support them, cuz they're kinda heavy. I once had them on stands and someone bumped into one accidentally, it tipped over, cracked my fish tank... not a pretty sight. I now have them mounted on the wall with pretty sturdy wall mounts. The ADP370 are really nice for surround if you have the proper room shape and position them in a good spot. Mini Monitors are nice for surround as well, I would say Monitor 3's are a little big for surrounds, but then again if u got the room for them and a place to put them then go ahead.
    The mini monitors or monitor 3's should be set up something like this
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    Three feet above ear level.
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    The ADP's should also go in the same place, just try to have it reflect a back wall for a nicer surround feel.
    (pictures taken from www.dolby.com)
     
  3. BrianWoerndle

    BrianWoerndle Supporting Actor

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    One thing to watch, the Minis are rear ported and the 3's are front ported. If they are going to be really close to a wall or corner the front ports on the 3's will be better.
    As far as sound preference between the speakers, the ADP's will be best if you have a place to mount them on the side walls. If not, I would chose the Minis over the 3's. The 8" woofer in the 3's have a lower output, but I think they lack the clarity and imaging of the 6 1/2"s in the Minis.
     

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