Originally Posted by outlawskinnyd
I'm not saying it always does, but it can sometimes. The tv is caddy cornered. The 2 couches are angled in. If I'm on one couch at the end my ear is right next to the right rear.
See the compromise was not changing the living room around so I could center the couch to the tv. That was the first one compromise. Do what you want just don't change the room around. So without changing the room around i don't see a point in doing it.
Corner placement does present a problem, here's how it "should" be done:
Of course, that probably doesn't reflect any corner placement scheme in real life (I've never seen that image followed properly, usually its the seating that doesn't line up (or the TV is much bigger relative to everything else, and dictates very odd placement (I've seen 84" DLPs crammed into corners like that
), and it very likely is not ideal in terms of acoustics or functionality (I'm thinking early reflections and other problems related to corner placement are likely).
Just a thought, could the surrounds go on stands somewhat "behind" the couches, or perhaps hanging from the ceiling? (Or on-wall bipoles?). Again, it's a compromise from the ideal 5.1 layout, but could probably get you a very good 5.1 effect for movie playback (it really is an improvement for movies that have a proper surround mix, the movie theater example is probably the best, but consider that a movie theater is not caddy-corner'ed
Anyways, if you can't go with surrounds (due to placement), you can at least go with a center channel and sub (so-called "3.1") which many users have set-up to great effect (lots of people like the center channel for movies because it helps to anchor dialog, and the sub helps in general).
What I'd suggest is, see if Mourdant Short has a center and/or surrounds that target the speakers you've already bought, and how much they cost (you want everything timbre matched), and if it's plausible to purchase them and try at least the center, it might/should be a nice improvement when watching movies (and leave it in stereo for music, I suspect that with this placement and a 3.x system when you switched into a surround program you'd have everything more or less "pull" to the center).
I do agree with not having one surround on top of your listening position, and the other one at quite a distance - especially if you have multiple listening positions that will jump between the two (in other words, it's not as easy as just turning one down and turning the other one up and changing the delays). But, with dipoles or omnis and proper set-up, you could probably create a diffuse enough sound-field to get your surrounds.