Originally Posted by gchuva
My 5.1 HT System is in my living room, and my couch is pressed against the back wall. What should I do about my surround speakers? Should they be pointed at me from the side walls? Should they be parallel with the seating or slightly forward to avoid being in corners? Advice would be appreciated.
You're going to get a multitude of answers on this one.
You should have stated the make and model number of the surrounds. Are they dipole, bi-pole or standard monopole? I am in the same situation as you, with the sofa on the back wall. I have a pair of bi-pole surrounds mounted on the side walls, two to three feet above ear level. After a little bit of experimenting, I moved them slightly forward as you suggest to keep them out of the corners. I listen to a lot of live music concerts on DVD, so I'll use one that I am very familiar with while positioning them,(lots of ambient crowd noise). There is some confusion because in some situations you want to avoid localization (knowing where the sound is coming from), So you don't want the spkrs pointed directly at the listener. Quick example, in a movie, a distant dog bark in the night. However, for SACD listening you may want to achieve more pinpoint imaging by pointing the spkrs directly at the listening area. As an example, the dispersion pattern on a "Revel" surround speaker can be switched between monopole to dipole.