bluesfan: great idea, but i do want an unobstructed view from the kitchen; (also i too used to have a projector up on a bookstand before I got my new tv)
1brokebrother: I already have a 61" TV, in fact, let me list all my equipment so you guys have something more to laugh about
First, as I mentioned, I have the new Yamaha RX-V565 delivered to my apartment now, just waiting to get out of work so I can go play with it
For my TV, I have a Samsung H61A750 61" LED DLP RPTV that I LOVE
For my front speakers I have a Bose Acoustimass 3 Series III that I bought about 15 years ago as a discounted floor model (I know, I know, you guys hate Bose, but I bought these forever ago, so give me a break
For my center channel I have a cheap JVC center speaker I bought on Amazon a couple years ago (again, I know...)
For my Side Surrounds, I am currently using a Bose 4.2 Series II Direct Reflecting Speakers (if I am not mistaken, these are Dipolar, correct? They have one large speaker cone facing forward, and two smaller tweeters facing at 90 degrees away from each other)
For the rear surrounds, I have not purchased new speakers yet (as I've never had a 7.1 receiver before today) and was planning on using some AIWA boombox speakers I found in the trash (150W, 8ohms) until I get everything figured out and can purchase some new speakers.
Also have an HD DVR, a PS3, a xBox 360, a Wii, a PS2, a DVD player, and a DVD recorder
So there you have it. I hope this puts things in clear view for everyone. I don't want the best. And it doesn't have to look good (there can be wires everywhere and speakers hanging from wear places, whatev). I just want the poor man's ghetto-fabulous 7.1 setup with room for upgrading everything in the future.
Also, before anyone asks, I do have a girlfriend and she comes over every other night, and so far, she's been really really cool about this whole project.
And now that everything's out in the open, I'd like to ask a few questions and get some opinions on some of this:
1) Regarding my front speakers: I know that I have my seating area pretty far back from the screen, but that's how I like it. Should I move the front speakers closer to the seating area in order to achieve the equilateral triangle that's recommended?
2) Regarding the side speakers, yes I have those crappy Bose Direct-Reflecting things that I foolishly bought years ago. My question is, that with standard dipole speakers used as side surrounds, it is recommended that you point the speakers so that the dead-zone or null-zone envelops the user (that is to say, if you drew a "V" going out from the two drivers at 90 degree angles to each other, then the "V" would go around the user so no sound would be reaching the user directly). With these speakers I'm not sure how to do that since they have a large driver facing straight ahead and two tweeters facing at 45 degrees to the large driver and 90 degrees to each other (sorry it's hard to describe). If I point the tweeters correctly the large driver would have to face either the front corner of the room or the rear corner. These particular speakers were designed to be stereo fronts, so that's probably the source of the confusion, but any ideas on what I should do? (besides ditching them and getting good speakers, which I will do at some point, but for now I'm attempting to use what I've got).
I realize the answers to many of these kinds of questions is "use your own ears to determine what sounds best to you", but I just wanted a reasonably intelligent starting point to begin with, from your extensive knowledge on this subject.