What type of speaker for rear surround in 6.1/7.1?

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  1. Scott Stephens

    Scott Stephens Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm upgrading to a receiver with 6.1 and 7.1 capabilities.

    My question is this: What type of speaker should I use for the rear surround channel? Should I use direct radiating or dipoles? Some people have told me to buy a speaker identical to the center channel I'm currently using in my setup and use that for the rear surround (only for 6.1 use, I'm assuming).

    Also, is it worth the extra $$ for 2 speakers to be able to use the 7.1 capabilities, or should I just go for one rear surround speaker and do 6.1? Any help would be appreciated...
     
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    Dipole speakers are the best?
     
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    i've been wondering the same thing for 6.1 - should you use a "center channel" speaker for the extra rear center or just another speaker?
     
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    Two speakers would be the ideal setup if you have room for this. I just bought a pair of Paradigm Mini Monitors that I will be using for this. They will be on stands in the rear.
     
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    Got AT 350 surrounds which are dipoles. But it wasn't much of a choice as they all came with the package I got. If I were buying a new set, I probably would have went and got another center channel for the rear back. This is more expensive though. Some also say a "full range" center at the back is overkill as it would not be handling anything similar to that thrown at the front center.
     
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    THX guidelines suggest dipoles for the side surrounds and the rear center surrounds optimum performance.

    THX has recently changed their spec's regarding rear center

    surrounds which now includes direct radiating speakers.

    This gives the option of choice to the consumer.
     
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    I posted an earlier thread about this. I am still hoping to get the "experts" and those with really high end equipment to tell me what they use for the rear centers. Dipoles? Monopoles?
     
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    I personally have preffered using two direct radiating speakers in the 6.1/7.1 setup. They are placed side by side at rear center. I prefer the 1 rear center setup, and If I ever get rid my speakers, it will be easier to sell a pair than a center channel.
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