Originally Posted by kerednai
Thanks for all the information - this is really great :-)
The rear wall is very far back from the seating position (just behing the 2nd window from the TV) so I certainly think I need to go with in-ceiling speakers
for that unfortunately (see basement plan that I posted earlier).
I think I'm back to the idea of 7.1.
I would have L&R in-wall with the center either in-wall or sitting on a stand.
I believe the side speakers
should be in line with the sofa at ear level which shouldn't be a problem (They would be just behind the 2nd wndow (from the TV wall)).
Then for the rears I need to really either mount them in-ceiling or have something hanging down from the ceiling
. Any other suggestions? I assume I can't mount them on the side wall.
Any idea on how the rears should be positioned?
I see you don't have a grill on your Deftech UIW RLS III's but they do come with them don't they? Just checking because the O/H won't like the grills showing on the walls and the kids will probably damage them too.
The surrounds do have grills, I just took them off for the picture after I installed them
As far as your rear surrounds, I would probably consider speakers
that have a design like these for in-ceiling:
If you notice, you will see that the speakers
have an angled woofer/tweeter and this allows you to direct the sound towards the listening position. They also have a sealed enclosure which I do recommend. You really want speakers
that have a 40-50 degree angled woofer/tweeter as many in-ceiling speakers
only allow for 15-20 degrees. And there are other manufacturers such as Triad, Episode, B&W, Atlantic Technology, that also offer similar designs for in-ceiling rears (I don't want you to think that I am just pimping Deftech). You could hang some satellite speakers
from the ceiling
, as well, but you will need to decide if this is aesthetically pleasing to you or not. I will eventually replace my on-wall rear speakers
with in-wall as my wife just does not love speakers
mounted to the wall and has really liked the aesthetics of the in-wall and in-ceiling speakers
As for rear placement, I would use this as a guide:
As for subwoofer placement, you can typically get more bass if you stick them in the front or rear corners of the room as the walls will typically reinforce bass. I would recommend wiring for a sub in the front and in the back of the room in case you want to have more than one subwoofer down the road.
Also for wiring needs, I highly recommend www.monoprice.com
. Quality cables at great prices. So many times people overspend on cables and could have used the money for their AV gear.