Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
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I am installing a 7.1 system in my smallish 12 x 16 basement rec room where the 4 surround speakers will, due to practical reasons, not be ideally located. The side surrounds will be about a foot higher than the recommended 6 feet (to limit head bumps when walking past) and the rear surrounds will be ceiling mounted inside the box that is built around duct work between the duct work and a structural beam.
Can I expect any improvement in the listening experience by tilting the side surrounds slightly down and tilting the rear in ceiling speakers slightly forward? I have seen ceiling mounted speakers that are tilted about 15 degrees inside the enclosure. Although those are not the ones that I am planning on buying, it is the same idea. The rear surrounds will be about 5 feet behind the listening position at the 45 degree of-axis angle. Further to the back is an open stairway and washroom door etc which make wall mounted rears impractical.
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