This has probably been posted and answered a 1000 times, but I'm not finding a specific answer to my speaker placement conundrum. I have a great room style home, with my home theater setup in one end of the room. The entire room is about 14 ft. wide and 55 ft. long. Front speakers are setup in normal "Dolby" fashion, but wall arrangement prevents a perfect rear and side surround setup. The main listening position is about 13-14 ft. from the HDTV/ center speaker, which is centered on the 14 ft width of the wall. Currently, I have a 5.1 set up with in-wall speakers for the rears. They are placed about 7 feet high, and are about 6 ft. behind the listener. I want to go 7.1, so I need to add the side surrounds. The only place I can really place them is at the 7 ft. high level, but they would be about 3-4 ft. in front of the listening position. My question is if having the side surrounds slightly in front of the listening position will obtain less than optimium results in 7.1? Doing a simple angle measurement, the side surrounds would be at about a 75 degree positon (opposed to the recommended 90-110 degrees), and the rears are at about 120 degrees. My thinking is this probably OK, but I don't really want to spend a bunch more money and not feel like I really improved anything. any advise is appreciated.
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2/3/13 at 9:32am