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Rear surround speaker height?

I've done several searches and also looked up Dolby and the concensus seems to be behind from 90 to 110 degrees. However height seems more vague. I believe Dolby says ideally 1-2 ft above listening level while most speaker stand companies and others say u want tweeter at ear level and this make stands only 31" or so. 31 is not high enough to get past couch at its peak so I'd prefer taller stands like Dolby states but should it be angled down if the height is 1-2ft above ears?? Thanks!
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Are you using bi/dipole or direct radiators? In general direct radiates should be tweeter about ear level. Bi/dipoles above ear level.
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They are bookshelf speakers, NHT Super Zeros. Not sure exactly of difference, sorry for being less educated than most here.
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..NHT Super Zeros...
Direct radiators.
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Direct radiators.
Ok thanks. I feel like they should mention that in their setup guide.
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I believe Dolby says ideally 1-2 ft above listening level while most speaker stand companies and others say u want tweeter at ear level
Yes, the tweeters should be at ear level for the flattest / most accurate response. Follow this guide:

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If you need to raise them above ear level to clear the couch, aim them down at the ears.

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I agree that for that for Multi-channel music and for flattest response they should be pointed at the ears. But for a movie 5.1 setup (or a setup used for both movie and music) I don't think that direct radiating speakers should be pointed directly at the ears - I've always thought these speakers are supposed to create as "diffuse sound field" as possible and that direct radiators need to be positioned / pointed above the listener's ears. Give it a quick try both ways and see which you prefer or set it up according to your primary source material (movies or multi-channel music).

I looked on the Dolby site and it doesn't really differentiate between Dipoles and direct radiators for the surround channels (even though the speakers in the silly diagram appear to be direct radiating).

http://www.dolby.com/us/en/consumer/...m_medium=email

This is what it says: "These speakers should be placed to the sides of your seating position (90 degrees to 110 degrees in the diagram). These speakers are designed to be just above the ear level to maximize ambiance."

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I agree that for that for Multi-channel music and for flattest response they should be pointed at the ears. But for a movie 5.1 setup (or a setup used for both movie and music) I don't think that direct radiating speakers should be pointed directly at the ears - I've always thought these speakers are supposed to create as "diffuse sound field" as possible and that direct radiators need to be positioned / pointed above the listener's ears. Give it a quick try both ways and see which you prefer or set it up according to your primary source material (movies or multi-channel music).

I looked on the Dolby site and it doesn't really differentiate between Dipoles and direct radiators for the surround channels (even though the speakers in the silly diagram appear to be direct radiating).

http://www.dolby.com/us/en/consumer/...m_medium=email

This is what it says: "These speakers should be placed to the sides of your seating position (90 degrees to 110 degrees in the diagram). These speakers are designed to be just above the ear level to maximize ambiance."
yeah, that is what i have read as well. It seems hard to find a stand that adjusts from say 30in to say 45in, especially for bigger surrounds like my 9x5in NHT's. Any thoughts on that? I am thinking of putting them a little higher and just putting some sorbothane underneath the back to angle them down just slightly. I'll tinker. Problem is, I can't seem to find stands that aren't uber expensive or at all that suit my needs.
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