Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Manter, KS...population 118!!
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I have an Onkyo HT-S780 system, which has speakers the same size as your 790 system, in a fair size living room and I used some Atlantic speaker stands--the type that allows for CD and DVD storage. What I liked about them was that they are somewhat adjustable for height--the adjustment comes from how many of the "sections" you use. For the RF and LF I used 3 sections--I screwed the speakers in a vertical orientation to the top of the stands and that allowed me to "frame" the monitor perfectly. The top of RF and LF speakers were level with the top of the monitor and the center speaker sits on the monitor. Sound localization is excellent with this orientation. In order to balance them and avoid the stand tipping forward I had to modify the manner in which the speaker wire exited the wire tube on the back of the speaker stand so that I could screw the speaker to the top plate on the stands with the speaker balanced in a manner that would keep it from tipping forward. Having said that, they are still pretty tippy and if I had a small child in the house I would not be comfortable with them from a safety standpoint.
One thing I might mention is the difference in clarity and imaging that resulted from getting the LF and RF speakers off the entertainment stand. At first I just sat the speakers on the glass shelf the TV sat on, but they seemed muted to me. Once I got them off that shelf the sound improved dramatically--it was like a pillow had been moved from in front of the speakers. I have no explanation for this phenomenon, but I am not the only one who noticed it.
All in all I had to buy 3 pairs of stands at $50/pair at the local Fry Electronics store. It was a bit pricey, but I stand mounted the side surround and rear surround speakers b/c my listening position is somewhat offset from the center of the back wall and that way I can move the right side surround speaker closer to the listening position. That made the system much easier to calibrate and once I equalized the distance between the LP and the side/rear surround speakers the spatial imaging is superb. When I'm done watching a DVD/listening to music, I just move the speaker back against the side wall and the domestic goddess is happy. Life is good!
Retired twice, back at work again...but still attempting to age disgracefully!