Originally Posted by RMK!
Thats a tough call. There are advantages/disavantages to both layouts and I think you accurately described the issues. The more conventional setup is the second and sitting close to a back wall creates some challenges especially with bass so I'm thinking that the sevond layout might be better sound wise.
Any way you can try out both configs?
Thanks for looking at it RMK. Both!!??
. The only problem is I need to run outlets to the new wall to make this work. I currently have my system already set up in config #2. I'm concerned about the boundary issue in config #1 with the seating along that wall, but I can't help to wonder if that compromise might be offset by the opportunity to implement some wide speakers properly? And the 5 feet of separation from the side speakers to the seating should create a spaciousness to the surround field that is hard to get when the speaker is too close (config #2). I know from many in-room measurements that the boundary effect on my bass extends probably 2 feet out from the wall before it truly disappears, but my brother-in -law has his couch on a wall and I don't notice boomy bass after calibrating and optimizing his sub positions. in fact, it sounds pretty damn good!
Config #1 negatives:
1) Bass boundary against wall
2) Side speakers in corner of room
3) Seating position fixed at about 8-9 feet, ears to speakers (is this just too close?)
Config #1 positives:
1) Single row of 5 seating positions
2) Opportunity for wide speaker placement
3) Monopole sIde speakers far enough away from seating to work properly
Config #2 negatives:
1) Two rows and resulting side speaker challenge(close to seating and positioned where??)
2) More difficult calibration than #1 to give similar SQ in all seats
Config #2 positives:
1) Six seats
2) A row 15 ft. back to sit and open up the 212HT's
3) Properly implemented monopole rear speakers
4) The possibility to hang a screen and projector
5) Already set up this way, so no new outlets and rehanging plasma
A big question I have is this: If I put multiple rows in config #2(lengthwise), will the problems with side speaker placement be more difficult to address than the boundary issue with the seats against the wall? I'm sort of leaning towards thinking that between multiple sub position optimization using my measuring gear and a little Audyssey calibration magic, I could cure a big part - if not all - of that bass boundary issue. But there is little I can do about one set of side speakers and two rows of seats; I don't feel like I have any weapons to mitigate that one.Edited by Gooddoc - 9/12/13 at 8:34pm