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How much "breathing room" do 1099s need?

I built a set of L/R/C 1099s last year, with much help from this forum. The sound great, and are a huge upgrade from my prior setup.

I'm currently in the process of installing a front projector system and am considering building some sort of shadowbox around the screen, similar to what is in the attached picture, with the L and R channels elevated. (courtesy of @YW84U 's thread here). The frame around the speakers would be covered with acoustically transparent fabric.

Is this setup advisable with 1099s? It would place the L and R fairly close to the back wall, and about a 1 foot from the side walls. Is this enough space?
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I run my 1099 only a few inches away from the front wall, I do have alot of toe in so the outer corner is maybe a foot away. My front wall is fully covered in acoustical panels which helps alot. I was very surprised by how close I could move the speakers towards the wall, but it didn't have any meaningful impact on the measured performance so I was happy to reclaim more space in my room.
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Many thanks for sharing your experiences, HFGuy!
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In theory... it would best best to flush mount with drywall or mdf. Including the center.
I strongly suggest putting the LR behind the screen if you are mostly movies. Otherwise the sound won't match. Many people enjoy wall-to-wall projection so don't be affraid of making the screen too big (there is no such thing).
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In theory... it would best best to flush mount with drywall or mdf. Including the center.
I strongly suggest putting the LR behind the screen if you are mostly movies. Otherwise the sound won't match. Many people enjoy wall-to-wall projection so don't be affraid of making the screen too big (there is no such thing).
When you say flush-mount, do you mean that the fronts should be flush with the drywall?

Unfortunately, my setup isn't really ideal for an AT screen. The room is multi-purpose with a lot of ambient light during the day, so the screen is going to drop down in front of a 65" flat panel for evening use. A behind the screen placement would make me have to put the screen too close to the seating position, and require a configuration that's unlikely to meet a spouse-approval factor.
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Can you butt them up against the sidewall to make it like an extension to the baffle?

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Movies and TV are 60% center channel, 35% subwoofer, 4% mains+ surrounds, 1% everything else.
So as long as the center and subwoofer are beefy and optimized flat, then the overall experience should be pretty good.
For the center channel you may be worried about floor and/or ceiling reflections, sidewalls are unlikely to impact the front row.

As far as 2-ch music goes, sure... restricting the mains is probably the last thing you'd want to do from a soundstage/imaging perspective, but it won't really impact the SQ too much.

You are probably worrying about it more than you should be.
For movies, you'll be the only person that notices it... trust me when I say: the wife, kids, and friends probably won't notice (so don't make it known, ignorance is bliss...)
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Much appreciation for the advice. I am probably overthinking it too much, although where would this forum be without overthinking!
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