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    Hello, I’m setting up a new home theater, my first dedicated room for movie watching. After reading numerous good reviews, I’m ordering a set of Verus speakers, and I have a few questions before I hit the buy button. I intend to have the Verus Grand Towers up front, Verus Grand center, and then….I don’t know the rest. I’m also deciding between 5.1 and 7.1.

    The room is 12’5″ x 17’11” x 12′ tall All told, around 2685 ft3.

    Here’s a pic of the layout http://www.sproutingcreative.com/ht/media_room2.png

    There will be two rows of seats 2×2 or 3×2 depending on what I can fit there.

    So, here are my questions. Given the size of the room, and the seating arrangement, can I do 7.1 in here? Secondly what speakers do I choose for the surrounds given the room configuration, seating arrangement, and size? Do I put the new Dipole/Bipole speakers in or go with the bookshelf speakers?

    Thanks for any help.



    I’m running a 7.1 system in a 12’x18′ room with 7′ ceilings and love it. I’m running Grand bookshelves for my L&R and the Forte center, at least until I save some money to upgrade to towers. However eldest daughter is getting married this year so I’m not holding my breath…

    I wasn’t able to fit 3 wide chairs even using the smallest theater chairs I could find. If you have a solution for 3 wide I’d love to hear it. I’m using these: http://www.interiorexpress.com/home-theater-seating/home-theater-seats.html The quality isn’t all that good-as you might expect for the price, but for my basement theater setup/kids play room they work OK.

    No experience with Dipole/Bipoles as surrounds, so I can’thelp you there.


    Thanks for the info Ken. Those chairs look ok to me. I’m hoping someone can answer the surrounds question. I’m thinking Dipole speakers for surround and bookshelf for back.



    Why don’t you just order both and take advantage of the 30-day trial period? You can try both sets, see which you like better and return what you don’t like.

    I have returned stufff to Aperion and the process is painless and the return shipping is free.

    One Note: The THX recomendation is to use dipoles with a crossover of 80Hz for the surrounds. The Aperion Dipoles come close with a 90Hz crossover. Don’t know if this is a big deal to you, or not. My opinion is it’s best just to try them. Maybe get a pair of Forte Satellites shipped also so you can compare them too.


    Jason Hicks

    Hello Andrew,

    Thanks for checking in with us.

    Here’s what I recommend, if you can get the side surrounds directly to your sides or just slightly behind you then I recommend the Verus Surround Dipole/Bipole. Please note that we only have the cherry finish in stock at the moment.

    If the speakers are going to be more than a foot or so behind there’s a good chance that running them in the bipole mode will give you the best performance or you might just want to go with a direct firing speaker like the Verus Grand Bookshelf or the Verus Forte Satellite.

    In terms of 7.1 if you can place the rear surrounds at least three feet behind the side surrounds then you will have enough separation between the two sets of speakers for it to be worth it.

    Typically in a multiple row set up you would place the side surrounds to the side of the second row and then the rear surrounds on the back wall.

    I’m not sure if you have the room to follow that recommendation and give the two sets of surrounds the necessary room, so the alternatives would be to place the side surrounds between the two rows or to just go 7.1. If you do end up going with the between the rows option the surround effect won’t be ideal for the second row but if it’s only slightly ahead of them it will work fairly well.

    I hope that helps but please let me know if you have further questions, thanks!


    Jason, what would you recommend for the surround back if I have the DipoleBipole surrounds on the side? Would you go with the bookshelves or another set of DipoleBipole?

    I think if I place the Dipole / Bipole speakers between the two sets of seats, I should have room to do surround back speakers.


    Jason Hicks

    For rear surrounds I would recommend a direct firing speaker like the Verus Forte Satellite.

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