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New House - Trying to Decide... Home Theater Setup?


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OK, I am building a new house and have a question about the setup of my home theater. I'm pretty happy w/ the setup of everything but am unsure about the rear speakers (both l and r). I am hoping to get RS-3 surrounds but don't know if they are a good match for my setup. The only place I can mount them (and keep them symetrical) is on the rear wall, right behind the sitting area. I came up w/ a crude picture - hope it helps. I wanted to mount them on the side walls 'shooting across' the sitting area (dark blue couch...) but the left would be out in the hallway!

Is this going to sound ok? I'm new to this and would love some help. Actually, I'm trying to decide between a NHT setup, or a Klipsch...

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It looks to me that your environment dictates those rear speaker placements. Ideally they would be a foot or 2 behind the couch firing at each other. Try angling them in at different degrees to see what sounds best.

Sorry I can't comment on the RS3's compatibility without knowledge of your other components.





'81 Cornwall 1 mains B2 Crossover

'73 Heresy Centre

'78 Heresy Surrounds

Paradigm PW2200 Sub Subwoofer

Marantz SR8000 AV Receiver

Hitachi 53" RPTV 53SBX59B

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Yes, the RS-3 would be the best choice of surrounds to match your RF-3 mains and RC-3 center channel; and stupidass was correct... the rear placement option would seem to be your only one, short of mounting them on stands, which would place your Left Surround near the traffic flow of your stairway.

Your other option is to scrap your floor plan, and plan it completely around an ideal HT set-up. My spouse just glares at me in silence if I mention this sort of idea cwm38.gif.


Klipsch Fortes, Oiled Oak

Klipsch KLF-C7 Center Channel

Klipsch RS-3 surrounds

McCormack DNA-1 Power Amp

McCormack TLC Pre-Amp

Harmon Kardon AVR520 Receiver

Sony 5-disc changer

Toshiba SD-5700 DVD player

NHT SA3 Subwoofer Amp

Hsu TN1220 Subwoofer

Old Akai cassette Deck

Nordost Solar Wind interconnects

Nordost Moonglo Digital Coax

Kimber 4TC Speaker Cable

DH Labs Subwoofer Cable

Blue Jeans Component Video Cable

Mitsubishi WS-55809 RPTV

This message has been edited by chuckears on 09-23-2002 at 04:05 PM

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RS-3's are not bipolar, they are WDST; Wide Dispersion Surround Technology. There is no null zone as with bipole or dipole design. WDST offers a unique mix of localization and envelopment. WDST speakers also allow much more flexible placement for optimal results.

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