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5. Speakers and Wiring > 38. Select the Perfect Rear and Side Speakers

Select the Perfect Rear and Side Speakers

The primary decision in choosing a rear or side speaker is selecting a monopole, bipole, or dipole unit. Learn the difference, and when each is appropriate.

Although the side and rear speakers generally are used only for effects, and then only a small portion of the time, they make a tremendous difference in the overall feel of a theater’s soundscape. There’s nothing as impressive as hearing a shuttle fly overhead, as well as seeing it move across the screen. The type of speaker—monopole, dipole, or bipole—determines much of the quality of these effects.

Monopole Speakers

A speaker that fires sound in a single direction is called a monopole speaker. The most conservative (and arguably the best choice) for rear and side speakers are monopoles. Rear- and side-channel effects are usually simple, direct, and best served by being fired straight out.


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