Bi-pole/di-pole any good for music


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I consider using SFX (Monitor Audio) or B&W DS7 as rear speakers in 5.1 settings, but would listen to music mostly. Any opinion on that?

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Username: Monolgoue

Post Number: 5
Registered: Feb-04
are you going to be listening to 5 channel music or 2 channel music?

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Username: Gman

Mt. Pleasant, SC

Post Number: 280
Registered: Dec-03
It really depends on what your front and center speakers are and your sonic preference. If you have B&W's up front or MA's up front you might want to keep a similar sonic signature and buy the same brand series of speakers.

If you listen in a room with the sofa or chairs against the wall, I find I usually prefer directional speakers and not surround bi-poles or di-poles. I have that situation in my upsatirs system where I have 2 pairs of Monitor Audio Gold Reference 10's as the front and surrounds. I love it---great for music and movies. 5.1 surrounds are supposed to be to the side of the seating anyway, so it could be I prefer the directional sound to the more diffused sound.

As far as 2 channel music, if you are listening only out of the front two speakers it makes no difference anyway, unless you engage Prologic II for a matrixed surround. In 5-channel DVD-A or SACD I prefer the directionals. The THX people specify for the surround types you mentioned above.

It is all a matter of taste. I tried the MA Gold Reference surrounds and preferred the sound of having a pair of the same GR 10's that I had in the front. You may be the same, you may not.
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