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Given the immediate choice while growing your HT system, which would be better to start with?
My processor has the ability to go to a 9.1 system which is where I'm planning to go eventually. My next move is going to either be a second pair of Scripts for the back channels or a pair of Claritys for the side axis channels.( my room cannot accommodate Scripts on the sides)

Any advice will definately be helpful in my decision for my next step.

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Dan
 
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Wink,

For 5.1 surround sound, I would start with the surround channels on the sidewalls just a few feet behind the listening position. For 7.1 I would have the side surrounds on the sidewalls a foot or two behind the listening position and the back surrounds on the back wall.

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Yeah, I have my surrounds in place behind and to the outsides on the rear wall. I am going to place the two back surrounds directly behind my listening area, and the side axis speakers on the left and right in front of the listening area, for a 9.1 effect. My next step after that will be to get another sub for the rear(I can run up to 4 subs from my processor, 1 balanced-3 unbalanced).

Well anyway I guess my question was more of which to get first. They are both matrixed from other channels I know(side axis matrixed from frontL/R and back matrixed from surround L/R, unless I am running in DTS-ES mode, which I have). Back surrounds are balanced connections while the side axis are unbalanced, not that it makes that big of a difference in those channels.

Which would give me the best benefit in filling out the sound more?

Dan
 
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Aw yes, the good old Sunfire theater grand IV. I had a TGIII for a couple of year, not a bad processor.

I would do the back surround speakers first and then the front side speakers for 9.1 last. You might want to barrow a pair or two of speakers and try a full 9.1 setup first, before you get too deep into it. I like having the 4 surround speakers behind me but the four speakers up front was a little must for my taste, I felt the four towers up front did more damage to the sound stage then they helped. If I was serious about 9.1 I would have played with the acoustics of the room more because I think the four speakers up front were over powering my room. But give it a try you may like it.
 

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Thanks!

Yeah I love my Sunfire gear, as you can see from my pics. I'm hoping that because of the dimensions of my room( 24' front to back), over-powering my fronts won't be an issue. I'll have to see though. I was hoping that the difference in speaker size from my ReQuests and running off of the 200x5 instead of the 400x7 would create more of an accent.
 

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