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    Default How Much Sound Comes Out Of The Rear Surround Speakers, On Most Movies

    HI

    As some of you's might have noticed on my previous threads that I have posted, that I am currently in the process of upgrading my rear surround speakers (FX300I).

    After some considiration, I started to ask myself is it worth the extra money to upgrade the 300. My thoughts are as follows:

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    How much sound does it really come out of the rear surround speakers?

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    If I was to upgrade to either the FX500I (If it could be found)or the FX501, the alternative to the 500. Would I really notice a difference on the sound, just because 500 or the 50 have a bit larger drivers and tweeters? Would the return of my cash outlay equal the sound difference? If significant at all?

    My question is to whom ever is reading this thread is what are your thoughts and experience with the rear surround speakers and what is your opinion on my two above thoughts or question.

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    ralph,
    1) more and more from newer DVD's (your the one with the 7 channel setup)
    2) I believe I touched on a question just like this. Personaly I would not use fx's for rear surrounds - direct radiating is the way to go. IMO And much of the HT industry.
    I suggest a pair of rt35i's. They should match your fx500i's seemlessly. When I go to 7 channel it will be a pair 35's or center channels cs400's (cs245i's).
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    Hey Ralph,
    Sounds like we have very similar systems. I have the 300's in the rear and unlike Scott found them to be quite an improvement over somthing similar to the 35's. For what it's worth I recently got the Psw 202 for free with a recent Polk purchase...I decided to hook it up to my rears and was surprised at the amount of information that was not being reproduced by the 300's and was picked up by the sub.
    But that also might help you out as well, it might just be cheaper and easier for you to hook up a sub to your system(rears)...depending on your room constraints.
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    Me & Scott against the World!!
    Go with direct radiating speakers for the rear channels in a 7.1 channel system.
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    Sorry guys, I prefer more diffuse surround over direct radiating for HT, but if my source material preference was as much for music than for HT, I would have opted for direct radiating. So, I just switch to bipole for occasional music.
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    Originally posted by Frank Z
    Me & Scott against the World!!
    Go with direct radiating speakers for the rear channels in a 7.1 channel system.
    Make that three - I use CS245i's in my new 7.1 rig. I finished all the connections and wiring today and I'm using POS tiny KLH speaks for the side surrounds, but everything works perfectly.
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    Four - Definitely DR for the rear. Dipole/Bipole for side surrounds but DR for the back.
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    Originally posted by shack
    Four - Definitely DR for the rear. Dipole/Bipole for side surrounds but DR for the back.
    Yep - thats the way to go. You still have diffused sound on the sides but the rear needs to be direct mimicing the front stage. It all becomes sooo clear when you hear a few 6 channel scenes with front to back and back to front "sounds".
    Make that three - I use CS245i's in my new 7.1 rig. I finished all the connections and wiring today and I'm using POS tiny KLH speaks for the side surrounds, but everything works perfectly.
    Waiting to hear how it all turns out Dr. Spec and new pics also.;)
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    i have 500 all the way around and they sound good. love them.
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    Make that four - I use CS245i and CS245.

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