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Height of speakers

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,
We are in the process of building our house and thus installing all wiring provisions.

In the living room we are thinking of making the room also kind of our movie room. the TV wall is around 2m height and thus on top of it there is space to put the speakers and avoid opening holes on the wall.

Would it be to high to put speakers up there? We would not have a problem if it was just for listening music, but i am not sure of it is a good idea for movies.

Any helpful tips please?

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post #2 of 18
It's best to have speakers (especially the tweeter) at ear level (when you're seated)
post #3 of 18
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It's best to have speakers (especially the tweeter) at ear level (when you're seated)

Ok thanks, so i should not even think about it i suppose?

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post #4 of 18
Personally I have 7.1 with the sides at ear level and rears about 18" above ear level...creates a WONDERFUL effect during movies

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post #5 of 18
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Personally I have 7.1 with the sides at ear level and rears about 18" above ear level...creates a WONDERFUL effect during movies


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Ok thanks, but front speakers height?

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post #6 of 18
I haven't gotten to experiment with front height speakers so I can't speak to that

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post #7 of 18
Rears can be higher and front heights are meant to be high up. It's a different consideration when talking about the main front speakers and centre and everything is ceiling high.

You (the OP) need to tell us more.

What is the 'space' above the 2m 'TV wall' - is it a shelf, a recess, or what?

What is the limitation that stops you putting speakers on the floor?

What kind of speakers, etc.
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your time guys.
So the room is 6 meters wide, 3m tall. The length is about 8m but the sitting area were the "tv area" will be placed will be about 4-4,5m, next to that is the dining table.
So from tv to the opposite wall is 6m, but wife always likes to leave some space between wall and furniture. So from eyes to tv should be 5m.

Because this will be the formal living room there is no way that we want something sitting on the floor, so that is why i want speakers on top of the wall. And also i am thinking if i should include also provisions for back speakers left and right... However because of the structure and since we want to avoid a woofer on the floor, i think just 2 speakers would be the decision in the end.

The wall of the TV is 2m high, 1m will be empty, in order to have somehow a connection with the other room next to it. In the end it might be even 2.5m, but definitely won't be smaller than 2m.

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post #9 of 18
^^^ Ideally you want all front speakers to have the tweeter at seated ear level which was already mentioned.

Now you say formal living room... What do you mean by that??? I ask cuz every formal living room I was ever in didn't have a TV or speakers or anything like that, just "fancy" furniture.

So what do you want? What do you want to use the speakers for, TV, music, movies? Do you want surround sound? And unless you don't care about sound and the lower frequencies bookshelf or onwall speakers won't play low enough to avoid using a subwoofer. For todays movies a subwoofer is a must for surround sound.
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
The room's furniture would have kind of the Π shape. Its a room that w would sit with friend to chat, our hart music and watch movies. To go our of the kitchen living room.

So if i want to have good sound for movies there is no easy to have 2 speakers on 2 meters high.

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post #11 of 18
Anything can be done. If that's the only place you have for them then you can put them there. But if you don't angle the speakers down its going to sound as if someone is talking over your head.

IMO some companies make floorstanding speakers that are beautiful and fit well into a rooms decore. If I was only going to run 2 speakers and no subs I would want floorstanding tower speakers. Do you already have the speakers?
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by flickhtguru View Post

Anything can be done. If that's the only place you have for them then you can put them there. But if you don't angle the speakers down its going to sound as if someone is talking over your head.

IMO some companies make floorstanding speakers that are beautiful and fit well into a rooms decore. If I was only going to run 2 speakers and no subs I would want floorstanding tower speakers. Do you already have the speakers?

Cool thanks. I will search a bit more for the floorstanding option... the only thing i have is an unbranded 5.1 system that cost around 100$ 6 years ago! smile.gif

So the floorstanding speakers are the best option if someone is going for 2 speakers option?

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post #13 of 18
I suggest that you go to the KEFDirect website and look at the iQ90 and iQ70 speakers; they are currently being offered at a considerable discount and these are very nice speakers.

Either one should be a considerable upgrade in sound quality for you.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

I suggest that you go to the KEFDirect website and look at the iQ90 and iQ70 speakers; they are currently being offered at a considerable discount and these are very nice speakers.

Either one should be a considerable upgrade in sound quality for you.

cool thanks. such speakers would need woofer or amplifier? Or they are ok themselves?

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post #15 of 18
You need a receiver of some sort whether it be 2 ch stereo or 7.2. The TV will not be able to drive your speakers and they are not powered speakers so yeah you need a receiver.
post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 
OK thanks,

i thought that such large speakers as iQ90 and iQ70 , would not need a receiver...
post #17 of 18
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OK thanks,
i thought that such large speakers as iQ90 and iQ70 , would not need a receiver...

Whether a speaker needs a power amp or not depends on its internal configuration, not its size.

In fact most of the speakers with built in power amplifiers are computer speakers which are usually relatively tiny.
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
Ok understood smile.gif

Receiver is a must for good speakers...

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