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Bipole / dipole speakers and atmos feedback

7,289 1,980 August 10, 2019 at 07:05 AM
I've got the itch to upgrade my surround speakers now that my front stage has been upgraded.

Currently, I've got two pairs of Polk Audio Monitor 40 IIs as rear and side surrounds. Looking at some Polk Audio FXiA4s since I can get them on the cheap. I've heard differing opinions about using dipole/bipole within an Atmos setup (as you can see in this pic [ibb.co], I've got .4 overhead)

I've also read, however, that using dipole/bipole with Atmos is okay if they would replace direct firing speakers that are super close to the listener. In my case, since the couch is backed up to the wall (also shown in this pic [ibb.co]), the rear surrounds are right on top of the listener.

Thoughts on replacing the rear 40 IIs with the FXiA4s? Also, I might replace the sides with RTiA4s.

Last but not least, should I get an acoustic panel of sorts for the wall that the couch is on? There's a lot of audio coming at that wall that I'm sure is bouncing everywhere.

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