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Hi everyone, I really want to get a good set of floor standing speakers but after consulting with a specialist I was told that due to the structure of my living room it will be a pretty bad experience. I would appreciate any recommendations you might have on the matter, ideas on speaker placement, etc. Would it be a better idea to go for monitor or satellite speakers?

Here's a layout of the room currently, all measurements are in meters:



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I doesn't matter what kind of speakers you get; the TV location is a loser.

The thing to do is put the system on the wall where the 4.3 appears in the picture (or possibly the wall where the couch is now).
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Where were you planning to place the towers (floor-standing speakers)? I see only two options:
1. Put the TV + cabinet in front of the window and rotate the couch out into the living room space (with the back of the couch facing the kitchen counter, and the chaise along the 3.60 wall). A set of towers could then easily flank the TV + cabinet (spaced wider apart, and toed in toward the primary listening position).

Issues: This would expose the back of the couch (not a problem if it's well-finished; or you could add a sofa table to hide it) and create a "corridor" between the couch and the kitchen counter. But the real problem is that it would block the window.

2. Put the TV + cabinet on the 3.60 wall and move the couch to the other side of the room (so that it rests against the 2.20 wall and the chaise protrudes into the living room space). Again, a set of towers could easily flank the TV.

Issues: This would restrict/confine (visually, at least) the dining area and access to what appears to be a patio door. The protrusion of the chaise into the living room space would create a "corrider" between it and the kitchen counter. And you'd have to re-locate the art that's currently on the 3.60 wall.

If option 2 sounds feasible, you could at the very least try moving the furniture around to see if the layout would work for you. If it does, you're set! smile.gif Add towers and a nice area rug in the defined space between the sofa and the TV cabinet...and enjoy! biggrin.gif

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Thanks for the reply, good thoughts there smile.gif.

Actually since then I did try to move everything to the option 1 scenario even before reading your post. I also used two tower speakers - not the ones I want to buy, just two simple towers I loaned from a family member to try things out.

The audio sounds great, and generally the layout seems ok, but I do get into other issues where the TV screen is getting a ton of reflections now from the kitchen (about 4-5 lamps shine right on the screen) which is really annoying, I have to turn all the lights down to watch some decent quality picture. Secondly, I have real issues placing the surround speakers in this scenario. The :other half" hates wiring along the walls smile.gif. Besides, I won't be able to have the surrounds symmetrically due to the different sized walls and distance from listeners. They'll also won't really be in the back, but to the sides.

Option two is an option i'll go with if I must, although the couch is really more aesthetic in its current location since it matches the wall perfectly.

I am thinking about the possibility of just moving the chest a little to the left, making it stick out to the dining area. probably not the nicest thing in the world... I will then have a situation where the right speaker is a little far from the back and right wall (as much as I can), while the second speaker will have completely open air in the back and the left. TV will be on the wall in this scenario.

Is that a bad thing since the two will not have similar acoustic characteristics? I do have the Onkyo 818 with Audessey XT32 room correction, but I prefer listening to vinyl in direct/pure audio mode where I think the room correction does not kick in.

Thanks for your help!
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Short follow-up and consultation here:

I eventually moved the setup to be like eljaycanuck recommended. Generally it's probably the best option for this room setup, so thanks!

Two issues I'm facing is ofcourse - one speaker is wide open in all 4 directions, while second one is in a corner. I moved the out as much as I can but still, it's probably an issue.

I am considering moving the whole setup to my work room, but I am worried that the room is too narrow. It's a 2.65 meters by 5.15 meters, making it quite rectangular, which I understand is great for a room setup. It's even rather close to the 1.618 golden number which is also great. I can also do some room treatment on the walls in this work room, which is REALLY great. Still... 2.65 is really narrow isn't it? I worry that I'll completley lose the soundstand effect. I don't want to start moving heavy gear around before getting some inputs.

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