As a rule the three front speakers should be of high quality while the rear speakers are not as critical. This rule is reflected in our suggested combinations.
If you find it important that tones have the correct volume then the full range drivers should be replaced by multiple driver speakers. Those are better balanced:
Three Mini's would also suitable for the front, under the condition
that the centre is not close to the TV. Due to the strong magnetic field
of the Mini colour distortion is to be expected.
...and at the rear the CT 209 could be used, since there tonality is not as critical.
As subwoofer a more powerful Sub 10 ASW or an extremely
potent Alcone Sub 20 Definition could be used.
Solution 1 features a Dirac XT, a speaker that is also suited for classical music and jazz. If a dynamic speaker for home cinema is sufficient for you then a standard Dirac (solution 2) is more than adequate and a touch more lively.
The listed subwoofer could also be exchanged for a slightly bigger
Alcone Sub 40 Definition
or for a Visaton TL Sub 30 if extreme bass is required.
Dipolar speakers should be used when the listener is close to the speaker,
if it's less than 1 metre it becomes mandatory.
The advantage is that is difficult to attach an angled speaker to the wall. Otherwise, a angled speaker (picture left) produces similar results compared to a dipole, since the direct radiation is reflected several times until it reaches the ear, resulting in a diffuse sound character.
The advantage is that the user can play around with the speaker placement until the required result is achieved.
The three rear speakers don't have to be of the same high quality as
the front speakers. This is reflected in our following suggestions:
The single subwoofer could definitely be replaced by two units (front left and right).
Two Wavesub 178 or two Wavecor Don are worthwhile contenders.
Very popular in this regard are the Cumulus and the Thiel One-Point Monitor.
A system of this quality should have two symmetrically placed subwoofers at the front.
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