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post #1 of 8 Old 12-13-2013, 10:10 AM - Thread Starter
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Currently set up for 5.1 with my rear speakers on the ceiling and slightly behind. However, I was wondering if a 7.1 setup would work if I moved the two rear speakers slightly closer together and put two additional speakers on the sides at ear level. The deal is the room setup vs. aesthetics. If I do that, my 'rear side speakers' would be placed weird. From the sitting position, the right speaker would be about 4' from my right ear and the left speaker would be on the opposite wall, way over about 11-12 feet or so to my left. Would that be really weird and a waste of money or will my Denon X4000 compensate? Or should I just leave it be and keep it 5.1?
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Copy & paste from another thread I replied to...

"This is a handy guide I found when wondering where to place my surrounds.

http://www.dolby.com/us/en/consumer/setup/connection-guide/home-theater-speaker-guide/index.html

In a 5.1 system the 'surrounds' are generally placed on the sides. A 7.1 system adds 'rear' surrounds. However, real world and perfect world don't always align."

Your set up would be similar to mine - LS is about 4 ft away and RS is about 10 ft away - and it works fine. Your version of Audyssey will more than make up for it.

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+1. I also have my surrounds at different distances. Not a problem.
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The only problem I see here for me is that the primary listening spot is 4 feet from the right speaker, but there is a seat there (its a sofa), so its entirely possible for someone to have a speaker literally INCHES from their head. This probably is not going to be a suitable setup, but I wanted to ask.
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Here is the setup. Will I realize any benefit from going to 7.1 over 5.1 really?

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The bar is not in the way. It's further over to the right. It's wrong in drawing.
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Here is the setup. Will I realize any benefit from going to 7.1 over 5.1 really?

Any, yes... how much, don't know. It doesn't sound that feasible in your layout but if you're itching to use those extra features in the X4000 have you considered running Zone 2 to the bar area or even outside?

More info if you haven't read through this thread:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1465528/the-official-2013-denon-e-series-x-series-avr-model-owners-thread-faq

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Im not ITCHING to, but i can get a pretty decent deal on an additional pair of 200SE speakers so wondered if it would be 'worth it'. The problem is that im not sure a speaker in your ear would be very 'awesome' for that person. LOL.

I could run the extra zone outside though, it will be about 100' of speaker cable to my porch speakers. So for this receiver it can't do 7.1 and an extra zone? Its one or the other?
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If a rear speaker was about a foot or two from a person's ear, would that be distracting or a problem?
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