Originally Posted by jev55
"If wall mount, you might want to get a couple of pivot brackets mounted to the back wall so you can then aim the speakers more/less towards the center of the sofa."
So 7.1 with the L/R surrounds mounted high and pivoted inwards and slightly down with the other two rear speakers mounted right behind the couch on the wall angled downwards would be a bad idea??
One needs to have space between the sides and rears, with your sofa against the wall, there is nothing to be gained going 7.1.
Originally Posted by toddRiffic
If you already have the extra speakers to do 7.1, you could rig the surround rear speakers temporary on a couple of ladders and listen to some 7.1 tracks to see if they made much of a improvement. My seating is against the back wall and I did this and concluded that it didn't make a improvement I could appreciate in my room.
The surround L&R were bipoles and the surround rears were monopoles of the same brand. So even though I had the surround rear locations prewired and I already have the extra speakers on hand, it didn't make sense to me to mount extra speakers if they don't improve the sound.
Exactly, there needs to be fair distances between the sides/rears and seat/rears. I've yet to see a situation with the seating against the rear wall where there was any benefit to adding rear surrounds.
In fact, its a better idea to place the side surrounds in the corners placed @ 45* angles. Which then gives you the best compromise between having side surrounds and rear surrounds.