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Rear Speaker Location

I am building a smaller sized two row 5.2 theatre where the rear R and L wall mounted speakers would end up being very close to the ears of the rear row right side and left side viewer. I am thinking the rear R and L speaker might be better psoitioned in the soffit above the rear row.

Does anybody have any thoughts on this?
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Anybody have any opinions on this? Has anybody ever done this?
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Generally speaking:
  • You want to keep the speakers at least 4ft from listener's ears.
  • You also want to make sure that the speakers are within their 'operating window' where you are putting them. Many speakers are vertically stacked tweeter / woofers with variable off axis response vertically. They are only designed to sound good within a certain angular range, or operating window. Typically the manufacturer will specify this, 15 degrees is not uncommon.
  • You want to respect surround sound speaker placement angles.

So with the above some options are to put the rear speakers on the back of the side walls or on the ceiling or in the soffit. Much depends on what speakers you are using, since they all have different operating windows.

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Generally speaking:
  • You want to keep the speakers at least 4ft from listener's ears.
  • You also want to make sure that the speakers are within their 'operating window' where you are putting them. Many speakers are vertically stacked tweeter / woofers with variable off axis response vertically. They are only designed to sound good within a certain angular range, or operating window. Typically the manufacturer will specify this, 15 degrees is not uncommon.
  • You want to respect surround sound speaker placement angles.

So with the above some options are to put the rear speakers on the back of the side walls or on the ceiling or in the soffit. Much depends on what speakers you are using, since they all have different operating windows.
I see.... Requiring 4+ feet from any single viewer is adding a lot of room size requirement I just don't have.

Maybe just mounting speaker higher up on wall but pointing to fron row...?
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