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Question for sound experts. I have my speakers mounted up pretty high up because of the screen, and I have them on mounts angled down towards the viewing position. I am about to replace these cheap old speakers with some bigger, nicer ones. Just wondering if I should get new mounts and angle them down again or just keep them pointing straight out. If I was sitting closer, I can see a reason to angle them, but I am sitting 19 feet away from the screen, so would I be just fine keeping them straight at that distance?

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You want the speaker axis aimed at the listening position. If they're mounted on the wall at the same height as the LP then straight is OK. Otherwise they need to be tilted up or down as required.

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If I'm sitting so far away, the angle required to aim at my couch is a pretty small amount. Will a small angle like that still make a big difference?
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If I'm sitting so far away, the angle required to aim at my couch is a pretty small amount. Will a small angle like that still make a big difference?
That depends on the dispersion angle of the speakers. Finding that out could be difficult. BTW, the last thing you want is for the L/R to be where they are now. They should be on either side of the screen, and the minimum I'd go with for that listening distance is 2x6 or 2x7 woofer bookshelves. I'm surprised you can hear those little toys you have now at all. rolleyes.gif

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That depends on the dispersion angle of the speakers. Finding that out could be difficult. BTW, the last thing you want is for the L/R to be where they are now. They should be on either side of the screen, and the minimum I'd go with for that listening distance is 2x6 or 2x7 woofer bookshelves. I'm surprised you can hear those little toys you have now at all. rolleyes.gif

Those speakers were used for years in a small room with a 46" tv, they are terrible with this projector setup. That's why I need new ones. I would love to have the L/R speakers on the sides of the screen, but there are windows behind those curtains, can't mount them there. You can't tell from the picture, but there is a doorway next to the left window, and the kitchen by the right window. I suppose I could still mount speakers in those spots, but it wouldn't look right and they would both be blocked by walls. I could get some stands, but I'm afraid my kids might knock them over. That's why I ended up settling for their current positions and just have them angled down.

Do you have any recommendations for a set of 5.1 speakers, under $1000?
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Do you have any recommendations for a set of 5.1 speakers, under $1000?
Sorry, can't help you there. I only give technical advice. But that's not much $ for a system that would do that screen justice.

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If there is no room below or on the sides then I would Angle them down for sure. I say get an AT screen and mount them all on a shelf behind including subs so it is clean looking and powerful sounding.

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If there is no room below or on the sides then I would Angle them down for sure.

I actually could mount them all below. The curtains are longer than the windows, which are level with the bottom of the screen. I could just make the curtains shorter. Would below sound better than up high? Would I still need to angle them up?
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