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howard plato

Sep 14, 1999
Monopole or dipole, that is the question...
I am looking at upgrading my rear speakers to match my Studio 100s and Studio CCs. However, I have a unique room layout, basically aligned on the diagonal. So in one corner I have my two mains, the centre about the TV, and the sub behind the TV. The couch in the middle, and two rear channels about 30 inches behind. Currently they are monopole "Rock Solid Monitors", pointing towards the couch.
This does localize the sound a bit. However to complicate matters more, I have a window on one side of the back corner. Also due to the layout, the couch is closer to one wall, so an even distance for side mounted di-poles would be difficult.
Am I the only person in the forum saddled with a corner configuration? Has anyone made this work? Any suggestions, ideas or epiphanies?

John Garcia

Senior HTF Member
Jun 24, 1999
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Sounds like you have a setup nearly identical to mine. My entire back wall is glass, in a large rectanular room with high ceilings, so I have no way to mount my surrounds on the rear wall. The right side is open to a raised (3ft) dining area, so there is no side wall to mount to there.
My solution: I used the same speakers for the mains and surrounds, put the rears on identical stands, but in the corner, facing toward eachother. Nobody notices the rears until there are some real rear effects going on, otherwise, they just blend in beautifully(sonically, not visually). Not pointing them directly at the listening area will likely improve the rear sound quite a bit. Though for music, I preferred having them facing the listenting position, I have come to like them just fine this way. The surround is now much more diffuse, and you will not notice the difference in distance between them as much.
One other option would be ceiling mounted speakers, but I'm not a big fan of that option.
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[Edited last by John Garcia on July 24, 2001 at 02:31 PM]

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