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    Another upgrade - New rear speakers

    Well I decided a couple of days ago I was gonna try my sub in the corner... RIGHT in the corner unlike where it was before... Behind me by the wardrobe.

    Without going into too much detail, it's a lot better. The real lower frequencies are more noticeable. And I don't need to drive the subwoofer's amp as hard to achieve the same goals. Which is great. But one problem prevailed...

    Where the sub is now, was a table that held my right rear speaker. A whopping great floorstander.

    Sod that I thought. I'm getting rid of these. They're far too large and overkill anyway.

    My brother has also recently installed a pair of These tripole speakers and the effects they can produce are startling.

    I decided I was gonna give a set of bipole/dipole speakers a go (Bipole meaning the two firing drivers are running in-phase, dipole meaning they're out of phase), so off to RicherSounds this morning and I got a pair of Eltax HT-2 Micros (Seen here, but the picture is of the larger but identical (minus the tweeter) HT-2.).

    Took a good couple of hours to get them set up in my room. Wires are going through the loft for one of them for simplicity

    Here are some pics of the finished product:









    And the sub's new home:







    So do they sound better? Yes. Not quite as "aparent" as the previous speakers, but they're far more spacious sounding and it's a lot less direct. More surrounding

    Bi/di/tripole speakers are the future. Direct radiating rear speakers are a thing of the past
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    I dunno what's better, the speakers of the rasterbation of Elisha.
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    Nice wallpaper.

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    I have that pic you got hanging on your wall! the printed one with the white dress and red thingy! We must visit the same porn sites!!!
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    What picture? The one to the right? It's Elisha Cuthbert... It didn't come from a porn site
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    Yep! the one on the right! And thats where I found mine!

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    Isn't one of the rears higher than the other? Or am I imagining it? Looks good though, you've got the cabling nice and tidy

    Anyways, Im possibly putting together a home cinema setup for my parents, with hopefully a decent budget, so do you reckon that that dipole/bipole speakers make a large difference over normal rears? Hows it supposed to work anyway, one fires at you the other reflects off the wall then back to you to make it sound more wide and open, or something completely different?

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    Nope they're both the same height, give or take a few MM.

    Di/bi/tripole speakers do make a difference? The sound is far more wide and open just like you said. Doesn't sound so directional. Wide and open and surrounding is what 5.1 is all about
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    Ah, the ceiling slopes, I can see it now! There's cunning I'm still trying to decide if there's any point in 6.1 now

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    Not really. It adds a centre rear speaker which is often a bit of a bitch to place correctly as most people don't have the perfect cinema room
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    Did you consider ceiling speakers? I understand that you had access to the loft.

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    Considered it but my mum didn't want me chopping up the roof. She draws the line at screws in the wall. Lol. Besides it's a little difficult to relocate ceiling speakers if things don't turn out as planned
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    So that is the advance of NOT living at home anymore
    I new there was a reason for having my own house

    I just wish the wife would think the same

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    Very nice indeed. After I have finished purchasing my new computer i am planning on doing a 5.1 setup in my room but until now was considering a cheap set of rears like the Gale mini monitors to match the speakers i have got planned for the front (Already own a set if gale 3020s).

    What do you use them for? PC, TV or are you lucky enough to own a projector.
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