Speaker Placement Tips for Family RoomsProper speaker placement is key to any good home theater, especially when you're up against family room obstacles like windows, fireplaces and vaulted ceilings.
The best spot for a home theater is in a room that's completely enclosed and far removed from the main living areas of the house. In reality, more people choose their busy, centrally located family room as their primary movie-viewing venue. And that's okay. With careful equipment selection and placement, a family room can function admirably as a home theater. Here, we'll discuss how to create a surround-sound effect in a room whose dimensions and design elements can impede speaker placement.
Choose a Format
More isn't always better when it comes to speakers. In other words, a seven speaker surround-sound setup won't necessarily sound better than a five speaker surround-sound arrangement. In a smaller room that measures around 15-by-12 feet with 8-foot high ceilings, 5.1 (five speakers and a subwoofer) is sufficient, says professional audio/video designer Lance David of Gramophone in Timonium, MD. A room with a width or depth of 20 feet might call for a 6.1 system (six speakers and a subwoofer) or a 7.1 system (seven speakers and a subwoofer) to completely fill the space with sound. Larger rooms might also have more than one main seating area. For such cases, David recommends a 7.1 arrangement because it will allow you to place two additional effects speakers on the side walls closer to a secondary seating spot.
Map It Out
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