Originally Posted by Hawkmarket
Let me make sure I understand as the couch will go against the back AND side wall in one of the corners.
That's why I started my post with "if", since I didn't know whether the seating was centered in the room or not.
What you are suggesting is putting the back two channels so they are facing in towards the listening area (in this case, the couch) elevated.
Yes, speakers typically sound best on-axis, so pointing them towards the listeners is better than pointing them away from the listeners. Common to see this with front speakers; left, centre, right speakers aimed towards the listening area. This doesn't change just because the speakers happen to be playing back surround information.
Basically the surrounds would be mounted on the side wall, not the back wall, correct?
Only IF the seating was centered in the room. Turns out it's not.
It's mildly complicated as one of the speakers would be directly above the couch and on the other side about 5 feet away from the couch.
In that case, mount them on the back wall as far apart as symmetrically possible. Aim each speaker towards the listener at the opposite end of the couch (to compensate for distance).
Would Audyssey help correct that off centered placement?
Audyssey can adjust levels & delays to compensate for distance, but it cannot adjust for asymmetrical angles. Better to start off with symmetrical placement.