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Old 07-17-2013, 10:23 AM - Thread Starter
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Hey all,

So, I'm working on finishing the plans for my home office/ studio/ home theater but am running into a few problems. My room will be 12' by 13' with a 7' ceiling.

My main issue is there will be two main listening positions, one towards the front when I'm sitting at my desk playing games, listening to music, or working. I'm not worried about this spot.

The problem comes with my back row. I want two seats and a small table/enclosure in the back. For proper fitting to view the 94" screen as well as just room, they will be against the back wall which is a bookshelf. I'm worried about having my rear surrounds on the shelves, not feeling like that will be enough distance behind the two seats to get good surround.

Is there a good solution to this other than trying to move the seats? Because they can't really move too much forward due to the size of the screen.

These spots will mostly be for movies and games via PS3, etc.

Would dipole speakers be an option? What would be best short of totally re-doing my room?

Thanks!
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No room on the sides where they're intended to go? Or are you speaking of rear surrounds in a 7ch system? Room that small I'd just do 5ch and put the surrounds to the sides of your LPs.

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Ideally I want 7.1, so yes, surround backs, but I realize my room might be too small. Would Dipoles work well for the surrounds? Or would I want regular bookshelves/surrounds?
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I prefer regular speakers. I tried some dipoles in a surround position, and they weren't bad but when I upgraded speakers I just went with normal speakers for flexibility. As long as they're somewhat aimed at the listeners I don't think it's a problem. Depends on your mounting options; by bookshelf you mean inside a compartment or an open shelf? You'd get better sound by moving the seats forward, although the room is a bit small to give you much flexibility there...

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