Which is better--2 big full range surrounds or 4 smaller surrounds?

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  1. James W. Johnson

    James W. Johnson Screenwriter

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    Last weekend I found a few of JBLs new Studio and Northridge speakers on sale for half price..actually just the floorstanders were on sale.

    I bought them to re-sell but now I am considering keeping them because I like my S26s so much.

    So I have all of the following speakers and I am not sure which ones I should keep.

    (2) pair of JBL N38

    (1) pair of JBL ND310

    (1) pair of JBL S312

    I know for sure I would want the S312s as mains and I could go buy an S-center on Ebay for about $140.

    Now I am pretty confindent that the N and S series will match well enough to use the S up front and the N in the rear.

    The question I have is which would sound better..4 N38s in the rear for a 7.1 set-up or 2 ND310s in the rear for a 5.1 set-up?

    Basically more smaller speakers or less bigger speakers?..is the question.

    Mains:

    12" bass, 4" mid, 1" titanium tweeter

    92db efficient

    35hz-20khz

    Crossover; 750hz, 3000hz

    Center:

    (2) 5 1/4 bass, 4" mid, 1" titanium tweeter

    91db efficient

    75hz-20khz

    Crossover: 800hz, 3200hz

    N38(have 4 of them):

    8" bass, 4" mid, 3/4" titanium tweeter

    90dbs efficient

    45Hz-20Khz

    Crossover: 1000hz, 5000hz

    ND310(have 2):

    (2)10" basses, 4" mid, 3/4" titanium tweeter

    91dbs efficient

    37Hz-20Khz

    Crossover: 1000Hz, 5000Hz

    Maybe I should keep them all and wait for a bigger place to live and more surround formats to come out that require more speakers?
     
  2. Phil Wyeth

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    I'll nibble on this one

    I would say that any speaker configuration you can dream up (within reason) that yields a 7.1 configuration, is the way to go.

    i.e. Speaking from a surround standpoint, I would take number of speakers versus quality of speakers.
     
  3. chella

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    With more and more software available in the THX EX and DTS ES (7.1 - or more correctly 6.1?) format, I would be prepared for for 7.1 arrangement than stay with 5.1. The lack of deeper bass in N38 can be compensated well with a good sub.
     
  4. James W. Johnson

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    Thanks guys, if I do decide to keep these speakers I think I will prepare for a 7.1 set-up. I do plan on getting an Outlaw 950, it will be nice to have everything ready to go when it gets here.

    Do you guys know exactly what configurations will work for a 7.1 set-up? I mean where should/can these surrounds go?

    So we have L/C/R, rear surround L/R..where can/should these other two surrounds go?

    Also in the rear, so you'd have 4 in a row?

    To the sides behind seating position?

    To the sides at seating position?

    To the sides in front of seating position?
     
  5. chella

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    I do not have a 7.1 setup, so take everything I say here as only a suggestion. I would start trying out placing the Left and Right Surrounds on the side walls directed toward the listening position. The Back/Rear surrounds would be placed along the rear wall behind the listening position aimed forward. Experiment - isn't that the fun part [​IMG]
     

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