Mix and match

Hi, I have a 5.1 pioneer home theatre system. Unfortunately, don't have place for rear speakers. But have 2 Polk ceiling speakers at the rear end pre-installed. Any thoughts if front 3.1 and rear ceiling speakers combination work in terms of sorround sound? Newbie to the world of sound.


  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,808
    yes the in-ceiling will work just fine
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN60H,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, Sony DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk CSi-A6
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES
    4 Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,724
    edited December 2018
    My rear speakers are mounted in the rear ceiling corners of my room and sound great. Polk M3's. B)

    Ceiling speaker placement, if behind you..( how far are yours behind you? )will serve the same purpose. See if they have directional tweeters in them.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,414
    HT rears should be fine with any decent speakers. Now 5.1 SACD the crowd may differ.
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 10,874
    More than likely, it will be okay. I suspect that stand alone speakers in the rear will be better, but it depends on many factors. Do it and find out.
    Bud - Silicon Valley

    Lumin X1
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Pass XP-22 pre, X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon QR on preamp, Denali 2000 (2) on amps
    Shunyata Sigma XLR analog ICs, Sigma speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
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