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Asymmetrical speaker placement?

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Thread Starter 
Looking to run a 5.1 setup in the family room of the new house. Currently, I'm planning to wall mount the TV, then wall mount the center channel below it with towers to the left and right. Planning to go with satellites for the surround, thinking to place them on small shelves on the wall on each side of the couch. However, because of the door leading to the deck being immediately to the right of the couch, the right surround will have to be mounted on the other side of the door, possibly to the corner, which will be 2 - 2.5 times the distance to the main listening position compared to the left surround.

From what I understand, it is best to positions the speakers as symmetrical position wise as possible. Am I better off mounting them above the couch and point them down?
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The better processors & AVRs allow each channel's distance to be set separately. But as you're going to mount shelves to hold them anyway, why not place the LS at the opposite of the RS?
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice. The reason for the surround positions is because the sofa is not placed in the middle of the room, but rather up against the corner. On the other side of the sofa is a door. Hence the difference in placement. Hopefully, the Onkyo NR 818 wil be able to mitigate this problem.
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