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#263935 - 06/16/09 07:56 PM Jumping from 5.1 to 7.1. Need Rear speaker advice
jorgerod Offline
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Registered: 06/16/09
Posts: 2
Loc: Bayamon, Puerto Rico
I Recently bought a set of QS8 for my left and Right Surround speakers after hearing a set my friend has and coupled with the VP150v2, I am in Heaven. Now I am looking to put rear surround speakers to take it to 7.1 and I am looking for a little advice. Every where I read it recommends rear surrounds to be Directional instead of bipolar( or quad polar in the case of the QS8) My Left and Right front speakers are Devore Gibbon 8s, Center is a VP150 and surrounds are QS8s. Should I install another set of QS8s or is there another directional speaker for the job that is a good audio match to the Devore as the QS8 have been.

Jorge Rodriguez


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#263938 - 06/16/09 09:12 PM Re: Jumping from 5.1 to 7.1. Need Rear speaker advice [Re: jorgerod]
cb919 Offline
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Registered: 02/17/09
Posts: 1041
Loc: Ottawa, Canada
Welcome Jorgerod.

The question you ask does not have a definitive answer and I think you will find both camps on this forum on QS8 vs. direct radiators for channels 6&7 (though the camp can even change based on room configuration) .

My 2 cents is that I love the QS8's and the ambiance they produce. My previous system used direct radiators and I greatly prefer the Q's. And as I'm sure you know, the Q's can also be surprisingly directional, so to me they are the best all round surround speaker.
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#263939 - 06/16/09 09:16 PM Re: Jumping from 5.1 to 7.1. Need Rear speaker advice [Re: cb919]
tomtuttle Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8280
Loc: Tacoma
Welcome, Jorge

I think it depends on the room.

I have QS8's for surround and rears and am quite happy with that arrangement in my room.
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#263941 - 06/16/09 09:38 PM Re: Jumping from 5.1 to 7.1. Need Rear speaker advice [Re: jorgerod]
JohnK Offline
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Registered: 05/11/02
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Jorge, welcome. "Everywhere" apparently doesn't include here, because probably a majority of the opinion has been to use QSs for rear surrounds as well. This may be because of the overall excellence of the QSs, which you've already discovered. Another factor is the seating arrangement in the room. You haven't described how far you are from the back wall where the surrounds would be. The closer that you are, the more likely that the wider dispersion of the QSs would have the advantage, since the direct radiators wouldn't have room to spread enough for good surround effects at such close range.

If you could temporarily borrow some small direct speakers(if you don't have any around)to try in back it might make your decision easier. You could also temporarily move your QS8s back there for a comparison.
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#263948 - 06/16/09 10:28 PM Re: Jumping from 5.1 to 7.1. Need Rear speaker advice [Re: JohnK]
BlueJays1 Offline
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Registered: 09/19/08
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QS8's all around (side and rear) is the way to go especially since you like what the QS8's have to offer already as your side surrounds.

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#263954 - 06/16/09 11:37 PM Re: Jumping from 5.1 to 7.1. Need Rear speaker advice [Re: BlueJays1]
jorgerod Offline
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Registered: 06/16/09
Posts: 2
Loc: Bayamon, Puerto Rico
I Have about 8 feet from the rear wall to my sofa. The Ceiling behind the sofa is higher and in an angle which means I am planning on putting the surrounds on the ceiling. They would be in a 135 degree angle pointing towards the sofa. from the ceiling to the sofa there is maybe 10 Ft.

Jorge
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#263956 - 06/16/09 11:59 PM Re: Jumping from 5.1 to 7.1. Need Rear speaker advice [Re: jorgerod]
JohnK Offline
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Registered: 05/11/02
Posts: 10376
Jorge, I'd say that would be enough separation to make direct speakers such as M2s feasible, if you'd like. Again though, it'd be good if you could experiment a bit to see what you prefer back there.



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#263960 - 06/17/09 12:11 AM Re: Jumping from 5.1 to 7.1. Need Rear speaker advice [Re: JohnK]
HomeDad Offline
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Registered: 12/29/05
Posts: 3301
Loc: Central,California
I'm using the QS8's as sides and QS4's as rears, I'm pretty happy with that setup.
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#264304 - 06/21/09 12:38 PM Re: Jumping from 5.1 to 7.1. Need Rear speaker advice [Re: HomeDad]
StuntGibbon Offline
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Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 374
Why not move your QS8s to the rear first and listen to some material in the position you're thinking about?

I'm using QS8s for my side surrounds, and the only thing preventing from channel 6 and 7 is not physically having anywhere to put them in my current place. Once I get moved and building out a new area, my pick would still be adding two more QS8s (unless they introduce a better one i'll want four of.. they tend to do this!)

IMO, it's less to worry about. They're a better match for more sitting positions (since they emit in orbs instead of lines) and I've been really happy with them in 5.1.

(when you get to 7.1, check out the final action scene in 3:10 to Yuma)

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#264321 - 06/21/09 07:29 PM Re: Jumping from 5.1 to 7.1. Need Rear speaker adv [Re: jorgerod]
a401classic Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 1175
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
I've got QS8's for the back four channels. Very seamless. Great for SACD material, too. Pink Floyd DSOTM is amazing!

Scott
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