So I finally got CFO approval to go ahead and get the speakers I really want. It's taken a lot of overtime shifts, but I'm sure it will be worth it. I'll be ordering these in a few weeks, but in the meantime I'd like to figure out the best way to set them up.
Here's a few shots of the three basic locations available to me. Any recommendations for toeing or adjusting the position of the speakers are welcome.
I'd like to have a general idea of where the speakers are going to go so I can plan accordingly.
I could provide a complex, detailed explanation of all the factors involved in why it is important for me to know if all the speakers will go behind the screen, but suffice it to say for now that it's complicated, and it will be very helpful for me to know ahead of time whether I will be putting them back there or not, and whether putting them all the way out to the side corners should even be considered in my particular situation.
The first model shows the three speakers behind the screen, with the L/R acoustic centers at a 25 degree angle from the primary listening position. Note that the L/R speakers can't be moved any farther out laterally due to the screen border -- the L/R speakers can't fire directly into the non-AT screen border, and they won't fit in the recess outside the limits of the screen.
The next model shows the L/R speakers at a 35 deg angle from the listening position. These would be wall mounted on Danley u-brackets.
And the last model shows the L/R speakers mounted to the side wall on french cleats, at a 45 degree angle from the listening postion, with the side walls serving as an extension of the horn mouth as is recommended in some installations. Probably not recommended for my extra wide room, but I'll put it out there just to have a look at it-- you never know what tricks may be up the sleeves of these unique speakers.
The back wall of the theater has multiple large openings. This, along with the assymetrical recessed window, played a significant role in determining the unusual orientation of the theater. I do understand that the more conventional layout is for the theater to be longer than it is wide. It is my hope that the openings in the back wall will have the effect of creating a larger room acoustically, and be a positive rather than a negative. We do like the way the room opens up as you walk in and you don't have to walk around a sofa. The flow of the room is much more inviting in this orientation. An additional bonus of this layout is being able to watch the movie while milling around in the hallway behind the theater. Here are a few models and photos of the theater layout.
We do plan to add as many acoustic treatments as are deemed necessary.
Thanks for your reading through my lengthy post here, and for any insights you have to offer.