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Hi Folks,

I'm new to the forum, hoping I'm posting this in a reasonable area. I'm building a new house, and at the stage where the electrician just asked me about pre-wiring for speakers. Argh, I'm so busy trying to keep up with everything, this is one more to quickly come up with. As you've guessed, I'm no expert in the area, and am looking for a bit of help. We've got two dens, each of which will probably just have two in-wall speakers installed, for output from PC and/or stereo. So I'm not too worried about those. But the living room has the TV and hopefully a 5.1 surround layout. I'm attaching a plan view of the living room so you can get the idea. It's a huge room actually, with family room, dining room and kitchen all in one large area. But realistically what I want is good sound in the living room area, for watching TV. I'm not trying to lay out speakers everywhere in the dining room, kitchen, etc.



As you can see, the TV is to the left of the fireplace. I've placed a bunch of numbers around so folks can point to relevant places of interest. I'm leaning toward in-wall or in-ceiling speakers, subs, surrounds, but am open to any thoughts. Specifically I'm hoping for suggestions on locations for these 6 speakers (or if 6 is even the number). I'm looking at about a $3K-$5K budget for the speakers, and hoping for Triad products if I can afford it.

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Hello and welcome. You have a challenging space for sound placement.

I would put your front three and sub at 3,4,5, and 6. I would then place your surround speakers (you best bet is inceiling due to your space at 1 and 9 the way it's drawn or if you angle the couch to face the TV then 1 and 11.

Hope this helps.

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Is the fireplace already installed? If not, I'd highly suggest moving it to the corner (where you show the TV) such that you'd be able to place the TV and speakers both in a more optimal pattern...

Won't affect your enjoyment of the fireplace, but certainly affects the TV and the audio system.


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Thanks guys. Yes, the fireplace is already installed, and as you can tell Home Theater is not something my wife and I have spent a lot of energy on. It's more of an afterthought, but I'd just as soon get the speakers in the best place possible within the limitations.

Any chance I could put the right speaker on the other side of the fireplace (7) and the left at (3), and presumably these need to be free-standing speakers as installing the left on in the wall pointing toward the opposite wall isn't exactly optimal?

Surrounds in the ceiling sounds good to me.

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Well, you could run the wires in the wall to 7 and 3 as potential locations, but I think you'll end up with L/R speakers adjacent to the TV (4 & 6). But if you don't put the wire in the wall for (7) now, it'll be out of the running...

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My thinking is that if you actually have a speaker at position 7 it would sound weird to have the sound come from that far away from the TV. JMHO.

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My thinking is that if you actually have a speaker at position 7 it would sound weird to have the sound come from that far away from the TV. JMHO.

Agreed, but for a 2-channel music system, you'd want (7), which is why I suggested running a wire there...

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DOH, missed the wire recommendation. Guess I should not speed read through posts! biggrin.gif

If we are talking about just running wires, then I would suggest running them to all locations.. Just never know when you will want the "whole house" bathed in audio for those large get togethers/parties.

Running wires is cheap (relatively) at this stage.

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Good plan, thanks. I'll run wire to a couple more spots. If nothing else, it'll guarantee that I don't need them smile.gif

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^^^Ain't that the truth! That goes right with keeping something for years on end, finally throwing it away and needing it a week later.

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