Originally Posted by kbarnes701
EDIT: I see the other guys have come up with some great ideas similar to my own below. I've been out for lunch with my No 1 daughter so came to your post a little late.
I love that Scandinavian décor!
Other than the fact that you will have some sort of difficulty in concealing the cables, I'd suggest that you could fairly easily place the surrounds in more or less the right places. I can see the problem with concealing the cables - might it be possible to run the cables *outside* the house, in suitable conduit, and then bring them back in? What is above the room? Would it be possible to run cables in the ceiling, maybe with access from above? I have successfully run cables in ceilings before by making a small hole at one end, a small hole in the middle, a small hole at the other end and then 'fishing' the cables through using some long thin rods designed for the purpose. You have to know which way the joists run of course and they have to be the right way for your purpose! It's a fiddly job but it can be done with time and patience. Afterwards it's fairly easy to 'invisibly' repair the ceiling.
Jeff has cleverly Photoshopped one of your images to show a possible placement for one speaker - you have other similar options on the side walls I think.
Jan, although I really do love that room design, it is very 'lively' looking with the wooden floor and the hard walls and the lack of drapes (or curtains as we call them in the UK
). I wonder if it would be possible to hang something soft and absorbent on at least one of the walls, or to add a large rug in front of the couch. Also, that big reflective surface that is the coffee table is likely to cause some reflections that may muddy the sound from your centre speaker. Talking of the centre speaker, it's a good idea, if you can, to pull it clear of any shelf so that the front edge of the speaker is clear of the shelf itself, and to angle the speaker up slightly to face you when you are in the listening position.
Hey Keith, I overlooked your reply, sorry! Hope it was a pleasant lunch you and your daughter had there :-)
I'm gonna do it as you say, even the same way, as I did when I ran the tubes/wires for my speakers first time, pull some bricks out of the wall, fish the old tubes/wires, and install the new ones, not a big job, I know, but a bit dirty....
Yes I know the "decor/interior- style" we have here in eg. Denmark, it isn't the best for music, it's rather bad acoustic, but that's the way we like it/want it
Maybe I'll have to do some modifications to our living room, but again, I'm married ;-)
Better have it done soon, so I can do some real listenings, after all, that's what I like :-) :-)
Do you think the height of the speaker Jeff showed on the pic is okay/correct?
Should I mount the other one at the same width, or should I pull it a bit closer to the center of the room, to avoid the chimney..... the sound isn't affected by the chimney really, is it?
Hope you understand me right:-)