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The best of a few bad options

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
First, some background and details:
Receiver: Denon AVR X2000
RCL: Infinity P363 and PC351
Sub: HSU VTF-15H
Surrounds are Monoprice 6816s
System use will be 50% Movies/TV/Sports, 40% Games, 10% Music
I will be running a 5.1 setup for now and plan on adding two front height speakers in the future when I go to 7.1

The numbers on the pictures are approximate locations of the in-wall 6816s.

Option 1: Both speakers in the rear wall
Option 2: Right surround speaker in line with listening position, Left surround 3-4 fee forward of listening position
Option 3: Right surround speaker in line with listening position, Left surround behind listener on rear wall

What do you think is the best option for providing the proper surround sound effect?


post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by eyerishx View Post

First, some background and details:
Receiver: Denon AVR X2000
RCL: Infinity P363 and PC351
Sub: HSU VTF-15H
Surrounds are Monoprice 6816s
System use will be 50% Movies/TV/Sports, 40% Games, 10% Music
I will be running a 5.1 setup for now and plan on adding two front height speakers in the future when I go to 7.1

The numbers on the pictures are approximate locations of the in-wall 6816s.

Option 1: Both speakers in the rear wall
Option 2: Right surround speaker in line with listening position, Left surround 3-4 fee forward of listening position
Option 3: Right surround speaker in line with listening position, Left surround behind listener on rear wall

What do you think is the best option for providing the proper surround sound effect?



Why not flip the room around so the screen wall is near the door opening? Then you would have walls on both sides for surround placement... Also, I hat L-shaped sectional couches - virtually ALL the seats are horrible for home theater. I would encourage you to sell the sectional and get some proper HT seating, or a regular couch at the very least.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thank you DMark1. The screen is on that wall due to light washing out the picture on the other wall. I am going with the sectional couch because I have a large family and the room will not accommodate two rows of seating.
Any suggestions on the speaker placement options?
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Any suggestions on my original question?
post #5 of 8
Just spit-balling here...Surrounds on the wall just to the left of the entry (position 2), and similarly on the opposite wall (unmarked in your diagram). Slide the couch toward the screen three or four feet. Now at least the part of the sectional sticking out into the room is closer to the prime listening position.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks Wayne.
What would be the pros and cons of option 1? That would be the best from a purely aesthetic and ease of install standpoint.
post #7 of 8
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Anyone else have thoughts on this? I'm going to put the speakers in tomorrow.
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by eyerishx View Post

Thanks Wayne.
What would be the pros and cons of option 1? That would be the best from a purely aesthetic and ease of install standpoint.

Pros: It's better than your other stated options because it is more appropriate for the room (symmetrical along the midline of the room), if not your current seating plans. Given your own reasons for option 1, I think you have your answer.

Ideally you want your surrounds to be on the side walls above and behind the listening position, and the LP is away from the walls, about 2/3 of the rooms length away from the screen, hence my first suggestion. Option 1 isn't perfect, but it's better than skewed around the right rear corner of the room. I think it would be a mistake to permanently position the rears in such a way just to accommodate the sectional sofa's inherently disadvantageous listening position. That couch situation could change down the line.
Edited by Wayne Highwood - 10/25/13 at 6:15pm
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