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Side surround speaker placement

post #1 of 9
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Guys, I'm trying to come to a decision on my surround speakers and I was hoping for some guidance. I cannot wall mount any speaker on my left wall because of a built-in cabinet already in my living room. I'm posting a pic of the rear left wall. When seated, our ears are pretty much in line with the edge of the mantle which is barely in the pic. I figure I have three choices and each has a potential shortcoming:
1) I can mount a dipole/bipole on the rear wall but they would be facing directly forward and outside of the 90-110 degree area recommended for side surrounds.
2) I can use a ceiling mount to suspend a dipole/bipole or bookshelf angled downward and slightly back while staying within the 90-110 degree area, but I have a 10' ceiling so this would place them much higher than the recommended couple feet above ear height.
3) Just place bookshelves or a dipole/bipole on stands and try to get them a little above ear height. This would put me right at the edge of the 90-110 degree area but perhaps not high enough.

I'm leaning towards option 2 or 3 but I am VERY open to suggestions, and I'd really appreciate any help.

Edit: This is a link to a full room layout in case my description is too confusing. Also, this is for a 5.1 setup so there would not be any rear speakers.
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post #2 of 9
You could place the speaker on top of the built in, or on the shelf just above the drawers...where the pictures are.
post #3 of 9
Assuming it's a 5.1 system, I would put Bipoles on the rear wall. That's how mine is set up.
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by Espo77 View Post

You could place the speaker on top of the built in, or on the shelf just above the drawers...where the pictures are.

Thanks for the suggestions. I'd considered placing on top of the built-in but it would get kinda tricky up there. The top of the cabinet's trim is raised about 4" above the top of cabinet itself so if I placed a surround there it would need to go on a stand. Also, since I took that pic I've placed a bass trap on top of the cabinet on the advice of some acoustics guys. So on top of the cabinet presents some problems.

As far as the shelf placement, I guess it would be similar effect to option three, and snaking a speaker wire from behind the wall and through the cabinet would hide the wire effectively. Just need to make sure I get a white speaker, but that wouldn't be too much of a problem. Thanks again for your time.
post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by Jim McC View Post

Assuming it's a 5.1 system, I would put Bipoles on the rear wall. That's how mine is set up.

So bipoles facing straight forward wouldn't compromise the surround effect? I was under the impression that they had to be aimed roughly at the main listening spot. Well, the middle of bipoles(not the actual drivers) had to be aimed at the listening spot.

Edit: Yes it is a 5.1. Should have included that in my first post. Sorry.
post #6 of 9
Dipoles need to be mounted in-line with your ears, when seated. Not bipoles. Bipoles on the rear wall work great for me.
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by Jim McC View Post

Dipoles need to be mounted in-line with your ears, when seated. Not bipoles. Bipoles on the rear wall work great for me.

Alright. Just when I think I have a good understanding of speakers I learn that I still don't know anything. I guess I need to look into finding bipoles specifically. If you don't mind me asking, which brand and model did you go with?
post #8 of 9
Mine are "Energy" bipoles, but they are discontinued. I bought them a couple years ago. I would ask for recommendations in the Speaker section.
post #9 of 9
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Mine are "Energy" bipoles, but they are discontinued. I bought them a couple years ago. I would ask for recommendations in the Speaker section.

Thank again. There's a few I have in mind now(Klipsch rs42, Deftech BPX and axiom qs8) so I guess I need to get them in house and try them out as best I can.
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