So recently moved into an apartment with some friends/acquaintances, and the living room furniture was already there.
I have a basic 32" LCD (for now) sitting in that corner (in-between the speakers in the picture is a small entertainment center).
We tried to figure out if any other kind of setup would work, with that entertainment center or with the one I could get as a hand-me-down from my parents since they are also moving (larger, supports their 50" plasma and all their a/v electronics), but with the room size and two couches, we just can't figure out how it can work and have comfortable seating and viewing angles.
So, I'm stuck with the dreaded corner TV setup (the sound-field couldn't really encompass all seating positions even with a standard TV against flat-wall approach, so I don't think it's losing that much compared to what "could be" in this situation).
So, what do I do with speakers?
BTW, the center speaker is also up in the air as to placement. Trying to figure out if everything can fit in the entertainment center, and since it's not likely, I am contemplating installing a corner shelf above the TV. That'll place the center speaker above the optimal ear-level height by a fair bit, but in this situation, will that really negatively impact the sound stage?
I don't know if I want to try and encompass both couches and end-up with a surround speaker (relative to each couch) that is actually more in front than surrounding.... or if I want to make it so that the longer couch has a more "prime" sound stage and forget about the loveseat.
In the drawing is how I have the speakers sitting right now, though not hooked up.
In corner 1, the sub is under an end-table, and a bookshelf speaker is on a 30" stand.
In corner 3 is the other bookshelf.
In corner 4 are the two front towers. The center, for this scenario, is on a shelf above and behind the TV. If/when I install shelf, I don't know if I want to plan for a larger TV and ensure it's at least high enough to only be slightly blocked, if at all, by a larger TV... or if I should just keep it as low as possible for now, and see if I even end up purchasing a larger TV in the next year (lease-term) and maybe just want until I move out on my own. This was my college TV, so the 32" 720p set is getting long in the tooth, but at the same time, the whole point of this current living situation is to try and save money and pay down debt so I can afford a decent mortgage later.
For reference: the areas marked kitchen and dining are essentially open areas behind the living room area. There is a wall back there, and a wall in the dining area that comes off the stump I drew representing the hallway.
I just didn't want to measure literally everything, and how I have it right now is a fairly accurate representation of the room as it stands now.
Thoughts on speaker placement?