Originally Posted by confinoj
Agree placement is not ideal. I'm pretty limited for now. I could move my L/R out a little bit. Would have to swap the R RTiA3 and sub. You think that would have much impact? The 2 front in-wall heights were originally front L/R and the surrounds were wired at that time. That and aesthetic reasons is how things wound up at those heights. I also knew less about audio then too. I re purposed the in-walls as front heights when I got the bookshelves. No Atmos, just PLIIz and not convinced the FH add much. Maybe an Atmos AVR would be more noticeable. It's an old house and I hired an AV installer to wire the rears. It took forever to get them wired and there's not a great way to run wires in the room so I think I'm stuck with the surrounds the way they are. There is not a place to put side surrounds unfortunately. That being said surround effect still work quite well in this set up. They are off to the side a bit relative to the MLP and they are flipped upside down so the tweeters are aimed more towards the main listening area. Certainly open to any suggestions though.
I would want either to reorient the room in order to achieve a more discreet and cohesive surround-sound layout or else just relocate the HT in a more suitable (and adaptable) space.
But short of such drastic measures, you should certainly try moving the FL/R out more (and toe them in toward the MLP if you have not already done so). You can either place the SW inside the mains or relocate it entirely using the sub crawl
method to find the best spot.
Then I would really look for a practical way to fit in bookshelf surrounds, repurposing the existing OWM3's as surround back. This is the most difficult nut to crack for most of us living room HT owners as it entails getting the sound across a living space and then finding a way to situate speakers to either side of a seating arrangement without impacting the decor (viz. WAF) or creating a tip-over hazard due to kids or pets. In my case, I wound up running CL2-rated speaker wire into the wall behind my wall unit, through the attic and then down the opposite wall to a pair of built-in bookcases beside a fireplace where I then face-mounted a pair of OWM5's as my side surrounds with another pair of OWM5's on the mantelpiece as SB.
In short, where there's a will (and at least a little bit of ingenuity), there's a way.
But unless you are willing to get your speaker placement closer to the recommended positioning, everything else is just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Even Audyssey MultEQ XT32, which I originally suggested to mitigate your center-channel issues, can not compensate adequately for a layout that is so far out of whack.
I'm not saying that you can't be satisfied with the compromises you have made; after all, it's your room and your ears. But I think it would not be hard to improve drastically on the overall effect if you were willing to adopt some significant changes.