Originally Posted by Kal Rubinson
It should be fine for all formats. To the side and no more forward than 90deg from the front center. I have my Studio/20s about 105deg so they are slightly behind my seat.
BTW, why have the Studio/20 on its side. It should always be vertical.
Two reasons. First of all, by lying it on its side, it doesn't extend as far down from the ceiling, allowing more clearance under it. Second, by lying it on its side, the weight is spread out over a wider area, putting less of a stress on the drywall ceiling that is supporting it. (Think "snowshoes.") It appears more stable this way.
I positioned the tweeter ends of the surround speakers nearer to the screen, figuring that it would be less of a problem for the low frequencies, which are less directional, to be obstructed by the pinna of the ears - the high frequencies should have an unobstructed direct path. This was because I had noticed, when the surrounds were behind and to the sides (at about 150 degrees off front center) they were hard to hear and putting my hands behind my head made things worse. Because the lower frequencies are less easily localized, I don't think that I'm causing a problem by putting the surrounds horizontal. (My front right and left speakers, Studio/40s, are
vertical, on poles flanking the screen. The center, a Studio/CC, is horizontal, as it's designed to be, over
the screen, on a wireframe shelf, since the 5'4" tall image comes down to the top of the baseboard moulding. The subwoofer cube, a PDR-10, sits under the front right speaker's pole. The front left's pole sits on on a similar-sized box.)
By putting the surrounds at 90 degrees, tweeters forwards, that problem is eliminated. 105 degrees? The tweeters are at 90 degrees - the woofers at maybe 95. I can't move my couch much further forwards - I already sit closer than recommended (about 10 feet from my 9 1/2' wide screen) because I like immersiveness, but my fiancee doesn't.Smarty-pants
: Pix of the speaker mounts, including the front center channel's over-screen shelf, are in the next post.
I've had to solve numerous mechanical engineering problems to make this theater work! (I've already posted pix of my projector mounting method, which is quick, easy, cheap, and protective of the projector, wall and ceiling, in the Panasonic PT-AE2000 thread. Here's my most recent post on the subject there, which links to those photos: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...6#post16454796
If you have a Blu-ray of the recent movie Stranger than Fiction
, starring Will Ferrell and Maggie Gyllenhaal (along with Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, and Queen Latifah), check out the scene where Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) first meets Ana Pascal (Maggie Gyllenhaal) at her "Uprising Bakery." When Emma Thomson narrates Harold's budding fantasies about Ana, the surrounds first convey an intake of breath, and then, very quietly, his heartbeat! The film has a very subtle, but rich, 3 dimensional sound field throughout. For example, when Harold is brushing his teeth in the morning, you can faintly hear a shower running in another apartment.
Finally, let me put in a plug for my favorite Blu-ray for showing off my theater: the Legends of Jazz Showcase
, hosted by Ramsey Lewis, which is a "highlights reel" of a year of his high-def PBS live in-studio series, Legends of Jazz
, generally the parts where he gets his guests to play live together. It fires on all cylinders: exciting performances by great musicians, well-miked and well-mixed first-rate lossless audio (Dolby TrueHD), first-rate camera-work, and a razor-sharp, colorful 1080 picture.