Originally Posted by Jim McC
Why can't you move the couch forward? Whether you have them on rear wall or side walls, they should be 1-2' above your head. This is one of those cases where you need to try it both ways.
Well, I only said couch for simplicity's sake. i watch/listen from my bed in my bedroom. My headboard is against the wall, and when I watch movies, I sit with my head resting against the headboard. The surround speakers are right beside me on stands, and to move my bed forward would mean id have to jump across my bed to get to the other side of my room (it's a tight path as it is).
Originally Posted by Joeforsale
I was in the same situation and it sucks. What I did (although my are mounted a little higher than ear level) was face them at a little less than 45 degree towards listening position. It's definitely not the ideal setup but it sounds pretty good.
I think you may be right. I've tried them at 90 degrees and found it too "in your face" and distracting and easy to localize. Facing forward (0 degrees) I found I was missing details (especially in multichannel music). I've put them at 45 degrees where they face roughly the middle of my bed and find this so far to be the best compromise. It isn't bad, but like you say, it definitely isn't ideal. When I sit in the middle of my bed in front of my rear speakers (would be too uncomfortable to do that for long), things sound better. The difference a foot or two in placement or positioning makes is amazing. I can see where it can drive people nuts lol.