or Connect
AVS › AVS Forum › Home Entertainment & Theater Builder › General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms › Rear speaker placement help (pictures)
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Rear speaker placement help (pictures)

post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 
I'm preparing to wire my family room for 5.1 surround sound and am wondering where the best rear speaker placement would be for my room. It is has vaulted ceilings (highest point from floor to ceiling is about 17.5 ft.). I've attached 3 pictures to give you perspective on the room. The first picture shows the general layout of the room and potential speaker set-up. I've removed the wall opposite the fireplace from the drawing to give a clear view of the room. The other 2 pictures show each of the corners. The pictures currently show speakers mounted to the rear wall.

I've seen speakers placed on the back wall or on the side walls. If I placed them on the back wall, I could put them at any preferred hieght. If I put them on the side walls, I would have to go up about 8.5 ft. because of a large opening that leads to the kitchen. You can see this in the 3rd picture. On the opposite wall is a fireplace that extends out. I'm a little concerned about the fireplace and if it will hinder the sound since it sticks out. I'm hoping that good speaker placement will minimize any interference from the fireplace.

I guess the ultimate question is, will it be better to have the speakers on the side walls at about 8.5 ft up, or would it be best to put them on the back wall? If it's best to put them on the back, how far up from the floor would be optimal?

Thanks.
LL
LL
LL
post #2 of 3
I would spread the surrounds as wide apart as possible, while still keeping them symmetrical (the same distance away from the sweet spot). Mount them a couple of feet above ear level, with the front of the speakers pointing towards the listening area (not pointing towards the front wall).

Sanjay
post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice. So rear wall it is!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
AVS › AVS Forum › Home Entertainment & Theater Builder › General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms › Rear speaker placement help (pictures)