And yet another question regarding speakers

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Is it a bad idea to have dipole side speakers and directed rear speakers in
a home theatre set-up?  Or is it better to have both sides and rears be
dipole?  Or both be directed?  Or the sides to be directed and the rears to
be dipole?

I'm really confused.

I'm pretty sure I've settled on the Athena Audition series for all my
speakers, and just noticed that Athena has the AS-R1, which is a dipole
surround speaker.  And I've read that dipoles are great for really diffuse
sound.  Might it be better to just have two dipoles as side speakers and
forego the rears all together?

If anyone can help me out, I greatly appreciate it!

thanks,
vij




Re: And yet another question regarding speakers


Oops!  I meant bipole.  The AS-R1s are bipole.   Athena's website says so,
anyway.  It's more likely that Future Shop got it wrong.  Anyway, bipoles.

thanks,
vij

> Is it a bad idea to have dipole side speakers and directed rear speakers
> in a home theatre set-up?  Or is it better to have both sides and rears be
> dipole?  Or both be directed?  Or the sides to be directed and the rears
> to be dipole?
>
> I'm really confused.
>
> I'm pretty sure I've settled on the Athena Audition series for all my
> speakers, and just noticed that Athena has the AS-R1, which is a dipole
> surround speaker.  And I've read that dipoles are great for really diffuse
> sound.  Might it be better to just have two dipoles as side speakers and
> forego the rears all together?
>
> If anyone can help me out, I greatly appreciate it!
>
> thanks,
> vij
>




Re: And yet another question regarding speakers


I'd probably start out with a pair of bipole or dipole speakers for the
rears, then see if that's adequate.

Almost all the time, the rear speakers are just there to provide subtle
 ambience effects. The front speakers (and subwoofer, if you have one)
really do the hard work and produce most of the sound. So I don't think
you need an armada of rear speakers at home.

I suggest you start with a rear pair and see if that's adequate. I
think that will be adequate.

And of course, make sure to listen at the store before you buy! A
decent dealer should be willing to let you listen to whatever speakers
in whatever combination you want to try.



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