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I'm looking for some suggestions/advice for where to put my wall-mounted surround speakers.

My living room is 13' by 26' with a 9' tall ceiling. The TV and front speakers are at one end of the room and the couch is in the middle. There are some windows and doorways that are making this tricky, as shown below:



The issues:
1. My wife doesn't want a speaker mounted in the middle of the wall, so they need to be mounted relatively high up.
2. One of the walls has a window & curtains covering part of the wall next to the couch.
3. We haven't yet purchased the speakers, but my wife's requirements are that they are wall-mounted, small, and white. Currently we're considering some monopole speakers (DT Promonitors, Mirage nanosats, Polk OWM3's, and Boston Soundware). All of the dipole speakers we've seen are, apparently, too big.

My questions:
1. Would it work to mount the speakers close to the ceiling on either side of the couch and angle then downward?
2. Would it work to mount the speakers on the walls well-behind the couch (e.g. between the windows) and point them toward the listening position?
3. Are there other setups I haven't thought of?
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I would look into inwall speakers for surrounds. They have a high wife factor because they are flush mounted and can be painted to match you walls.Do you already have your speaker wire run? If you have a crawl space and are not on a slab installing them is not to bad of a job.
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1. Would it work to mount the speakers close to the ceiling on either side of the couch and angle then downward?

Surround sounds are ambient sounds, and for the most part should not be easily localized. That's the reason for dipoles, which is an expensive way to address this when there's a far more simple solution: I aim my surrounds at the ceiling from a few inches away to diffuse their output.

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We briefly considered in-walls. However, we have (old!) lathe & plaster, the outer wall is filled with blown-in insulation, and we don't have any wire run. So I think we're stuck with wall-mounted speakers.
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* personally speaking I would rather have the surround speakers too far away rather than right next to my listening position because imo this helps provide a more spacious effect & the surround speakers are much less "localizable", increasing the realism factor

My own surround channel speakers, Baby Advents with a single 6.5" woofer, are located about five feet from either end of (and behind) my couch and at ear level, and about 8ft from the "optimum" listening position, which is the center of my couch.

* use the largest speaker you can get away with because many modern movies place much more than just delicate ambience in the rear channels
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