Hi guys .. So I'm currently fully dedicated to completing my new and upcoming Home Theater room. The floor plan for the HT room is actually quite weird and unsymmetrical (reason: architect guided us wrong !), and this is something which is bothering me as far as Side speaker placement goes.
Have a look at the floor plan below for my HT room (in the spoiler)
, which has been drawn to scale:
The way I see it, there are two possible positions for placement of the Side speakers:
Position A: Where the speakers are exactly on the left and right of the primary seating position.
Position B: Where the speakers are a little behind the primary seating position.
Both positions have their own pros and cons:
+ Side speakers are equally distant from the primary seating location
- Doesn't suit back row seating because there's no Line of Sight between the right side speaker and any audience in the back row. Left side speaker barely establishes Line of Sight, which I think will be useless anyway.
- Sound waves might also bounce off the small adjacent wall, which might cause echo issues. However this might not actually occur because I'm having acoustic padding done on all walls.
+ Direct Line of Sight between Side speakers and all audience seated in any of the two rows.
- Because of the unsymmetrical shape of the room, the right side speaker is closer to the primary seating location, and so the person seated there might feel that right side audio is stronger than the left side audio.
To help you relate to the layout, have a look at the pictures below from the actual room (please excuse the mess!) in the spoiler below. Note that I've marked the speaker positions in the pictures too, so that you relate to the floor plan shown above and understand my dilemma.
And in case it matters, 98% of the time, there will NOT be anyone seated in the back row.
So please suggest which is Side speaker arrangement will be better, A or B.