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Old 12th February 2007, 10:41 PM   #1
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I am building 3 Exodus Audio LCR (WTMW) speakers for my fronts in my HT. However, I am still trying to determine what I should do for the rear surrounds.

I was originally thinking of going with 5 for all around, but got to thinking about the whole idea. Why would I want to put such speakers in the back? I think it would be more advantageous to have sound from the rear that was not so directional. I am thinking of using 3 full rangers (tang band ws-879 or else vi hi) and placing them so that one is firing forward and the other two are firing at 45 degrees to the first on each side. This way I could mount them high up on the wall at the back corner of each room.

I had seen something like this on a website awhile ago, but I can't remember where it was now.

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Old 12th February 2007, 11:25 PM   #2
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While it would be nice to have all 5 the same, it isn't necessary. I kind of like your idea. You might want to fool around with the angles a bit before you make your final boxes though. Off the top of my head, I would try firing them at 30 degrees left, centred and 30 degrees right and move the boxes away from the corner a little. Then you would have the blended sound you are looking for between the boxes as well as the reflected sound off the walls. Might "open" it up a bit.

Just a thought.

EDIT: 45 degrees would also work depending on how far back the speakers are. I am thinking of my listening room only and what I might do to change things.
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Perhaps you should forget about the centre speaker and simply use 2 x 3 inch 8 ohm style of speakers on 45 degree angles wired out of phase. This will produce a very broad sound that recreates the effect of multiple surround speakers. Simple 4 ohm load. I have tried this on the sides of a conventional box and the results were excelent.
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Old 14th February 2007, 03:11 PM   #4
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Thanks Cal. You are right until I can determine the final location and orientation of the speakers, the angle to place the angle firing drivers at will have to be adjusted. (The room is not yet constructed)

The angle will depend upon how far back the speakers will be from the sitting position and what the final width of the room will be. I have lots of good things about the Tang Band 871 as well as the Hi Vi. Do you think one would be better than the other. The reason being is that the Vi Hi I can order from Solen in Quebec while the Tang Bands have to be ordered from PE in the US.
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Old 14th February 2007, 03:52 PM   #5
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Hi Cameron,

I think he needs help with the rear speakers only. He seems to have the fronts looked after.
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Old 15th February 2007, 12:09 AM   #6
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yes, Im sorry, it was not very well explained Cal, what I mean't was only 2 drivers instead of 3 per surround speaker box.

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I would try firing them at 30 degrees left, centred and 30 degrees right and move the boxes away from the corner a little.
I was assuming it was one box with 3 drivers. The out of phase wireing creates an effect that one speaker sucks the sound around the box creating an effect similar (non point sourced) to the cinemas multiple unit approach. Personally i find that lots of small one litre boxes with one 3" driver in each, evenly spaced around the walls starting 1/2 way back on the side walls, would create a slightly better and ideal effect. Just like in the mixing suite.

I recommend vifa tc line 3" drivers, thats what I have at home, and have been selling quite a few to bars and cinema foyers in the last few months (with a seperate sub).
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Old 15th February 2007, 03:23 PM   #7
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Cameron, you were correct, I was talking about putting 3 drivers in each speaker box for the rear surrounds. I think the confustion relates to you suggesting not having the Centre Front Speaker.

I would like to consider using multiple speakers for each rear spaced around the back and towards each side. Having said that, there is the WAF to consider. I could probably get away with 4 1 litre boxes for each surround? The ultimate goal is to provide non directional sound from behind and to the sides. You should be surrounded (thats why they are called surrounds).

If I was to mount all the boxes higher than ear level (ie closer to the ceiling) and angle them down towards the listening position, would that work? They would be about 4 ft behind and 4 ft above the listening position.
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Ah yes, I see where the confusion arose. Funny thing about our language isn't it?
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Old 15th February 2007, 10:26 PM   #10
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I'll post some pictures later of some of the different surround boxes I still have lying around.

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If I was to mount all the boxes higher than ear level (ie closer to the ceiling) and angle them down towards the listening position, would that work?
That would be even better than at ear level! in cinemas the surrounds have a built in 14 degree slope in the box design. The closer your installation is to the mixing suite the better the results. Angeling down is important to reduce possible flutter echos and 3 inch drivers tend to beam the hi frequencies which makes the easy to control, reducing the need for curtain walls found in cinemas.
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