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Old 05-29-2013, 05:18 PM - Thread Starter
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I just bought the 2313CI and an Energy RC 5.1 surround sound system.

For unknown reasons, the wife is objecting to having the rear speakers sit behind the couch because she doesn't want wires running across the floor.

If I were to place the "rear" speakers a few feet above the fronts, would the Audyssey setup give me the ability to use these speakers as rears? More importantly, does anyone have any suggestions of using the rear speakers a few feet above the fronts and recreate the surround sound effect? The room is a 10x20 square.

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With a 5.1 setup, the surround speakers actually go to the "side" of the main listening position rather than to the rear as would be the case with a 7.1 setup, although likely still an issue with wires on the floor. Placing the "side" speakers up front would mess up the surround effect, rather you may just want to use a 3.1 setup in the main zone and use the 2 left over speakers as Zone 2 in another room (eg. bedroom or kitchen).

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My lovely wife has the same objection so I've been looking at options. Unfortunately my living room is fully open to the dining room so there is no way to mount the "back left" speaker so I decided to order some stands. I intend to position them where they belong, on the stands, and run the Audyssey setup and mark the floor somehow so I know exactly where they go. Then I'll probably just put them against the front wall when I'm not watching a movie and move the, to where they belong when I am. I don't think she will object to the wires running around temporarily.
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Do you have access to the room via an attic or crawl space? I would just get CL2 or CL3 speaker wire, fish the wire up/down, and use wall plates at the surround speaker locations. I have an 11 speaker setup and the only speakers with visible wires are the Left, Center, and Right because of wire thickness and distance from those speakers to my gear.

You'll mess the entire sound-field up if you calibrate Audyssey with speakers in temporary positions and then move them around without re-running Audyssey.

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