I wanted to get some opinions on something. A few years ago I was having a conversation with the owner of a very high-end audio store, and he made an unusual recommendation regarding surround speakers.
He advised putting the surround speakers on the floor pointing up at an angle. His reasoning was that in this position you would get less localization, and greater dispersion. We discussed that this would be preferable to on wall or stand placement.
I just wondered what the members of the forum thought of this idea.
That was before surround sound was recorded as discrete channels. Back before True Dolby HD surround sound was matrixed by the audio processor and was divided equally to the surrounds. Now sound is discretely routed to each individual speaker. More and more people are going away from surround specific speakers and going back to traditional monopoles.
For the vast majority of surround content this will work fine, though having speakers on the floor might be less than convenient. Mine are on the wall facing upward, three inches from the ceiling, for the same reason.