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#387182 - 12/22/12 07:58 PM Best for rear surrounds?
blastermaster Offline
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Registered: 11/13/11
Posts: 7
Hello,

I recently upgraded my fronts and my side surrounds. I have the QS8's and they are fantastic. I have an older pair of monopole Infinity's and am always looking to make things better. Is a monopole speaker the best solution for the rears, or would I get better surround sound by going with another pair of QS8's or QS4's for the rears or just getting better monopoles like the M3? Thanks.

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#387183 - 12/22/12 08:13 PM Re: Best for rear surrounds? [Re: blastermaster]
fredk Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
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Loc: Canada
a monopole will work if you have enough distance behind you to allow the sound to diffuse, but a QS series speaker really is the best as they are much less sensitive to distance and position.
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#387189 - 12/22/12 09:48 PM Re: Best for rear surrounds? [Re: blastermaster]
JohnK Offline
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Registered: 05/11/02
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Blaster, as Fred pointed out, if you have considerable distance behind the listening position(say, 10')monopole speakers can work well. However, overall the QSs are advantageous.
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#387191 - 12/22/12 10:32 PM Re: Best for rear surrounds? [Re: JohnK]
solarrdadd Offline
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Registered: 05/04/10
Posts: 278
Loc: Alexandria, VA
i use to use QS8's for my surround rears but found that because the listening position was almost 15' away/behind that i had to change them out and go to M2v3 on-wall speakers in order to really make it work right.

that's not a knock at the QS8v3's either. it's an issue of how they work and the hugh distance from the listening position. for me, to get channels 6 & 7 to work like i feel they should, i went with the M2v3 on-wall speakers.

i went with the on-wall because we didn't want the speakers to stick out farther than the QS8's did so i decided to try the on-wall M2's and they worked out great.

they give me enough meaningful volume to work nicely into a 7 channel surround atmosphere that works and works well. i get all the nice highs and midrange from them. also i know that you don't get the LF out of the on-wall but that's what crossovers and subs are for! wink i had the QS8's for about 6 months before switching them out with the M2's. i've now had the M2's for about 3 months and this is what i needed. i'd say if i was inside the 10' mark say closer to 8', no question, the Q's would be there but, at 10' and > you need direct radiating speakers...at least to me.

good luck, keep us posted whatever you choose to do.
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#387200 - 12/23/12 12:48 PM Re: Best for rear surrounds? [Re: blastermaster]
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Registered: 02/04/04
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Loc: Omaha, Nebraska
I'm not saying the extra rear surrounds are completely worthless but I wouldn't lose much sleep over them either. In my previous HT room I had some direct radiating speakers for the 6/7 channels and in my currently HT I have some old QS4's that I'm using.

The rooms are different and my situation was similar to solardadd's. I would give the same recommendation but I would also add that if you already have some speakers to use back there, use them and spend your money on other components. I have yet to find much content that makes those channels necessary and yes I always enable PLIIx/NEO:6 for 5.1 material.
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