Placing surrounds on rear wall

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by Casey.K, Jun 2, 2003.

  1. Casey.K

    Casey.K Auditioning

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    Unfortunately the couch in our home theater is pushed right up against the rear wall and there are no side walls. That's the bad news; the good news is there are studs exactly where I need them. I'll probably end up mounting a pair of JBL S26II speakers(not yet purchased) facing each other on the rear wall since it's about my only option. The problem I see with this is that even though they'll be the proper distance and height away from the listening position, they'll practically be flush against the sheetrock wall. Will this cause any unexpected reflections or changes to the sound? Also, what mounting brackets are recommended? Thanks
     
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    Casey,

    You might consider bipole/dipole speakers which are designed to be mounted on the back wall. These will give you a more dispersed sound than direct radiators mounted on the back wall.

    I like the Wharfedale WH-2 for $100 pair, each unit contains two 4" woofers and two 1" silk dome tweeters firing at 45 degree angles toward the center of the room and toward the side wall. Available at buy.com, bestbuy.com, ecost.com. Wharfedale also has the same design in the Diamnond DFS and Pacific EVO.


    Many manufacturers make such units including Mission, Polk, Cambridge, Boston, Citation, Energy, Fluence, Jamo and numerous others.
     
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    Hmm, I thought dipole speakers were primarily meant for side wall mounting....ahh wait, nevermind. After doing some research it says they are primarily mounted on the rear wall for the back surrounds; however, I'm looking to purchase just the rear-left and rear-right speakers to finish a 5.1 system. Thanks for the suggestions, but I just don't think they'd work in my setting. I also play many video games and desire a certain amount of directionality for the surrounds.
     

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