Here are the images of all 4 sides of my living room. Front wall is pretty standard, as is the left wall, but the right wall opens up into the formal dining room area and the front door, and the rear wall is a half wall, and opens into the kitchen.
On the side that opens to the front door, there is a roughly 2 foot drop down from the ceiling and the rear wall is already wired for surround speakers as you can see the speaker wire plates, but they are up high, about a foot down from the ceiling.
So, I haven't mounted my current speakers to the rear wall just yet, because the previous owner had some Klipsch dipoles mounted up there and from what I can see, he had them just hung on a screw near the speaker wire plate, as when I viewed the house before I bought it, the speakers were mounted flush against the wall, and not on speaker mounts. I'm not sure if the back of the Klipsch dipoles had a mounting hole on them or if he had something like a picture hanging bracket mounted to the back of the speaker that was able to just be hung on the screw that he had in the wall.
I bought some speaker mounts that are a metal bracket you screw to the wall, and there are arms that come off that brackets that you can swivel, and a platform at the end of the arm. I decided not to mount those speaker mounts because I am currently using Infinity speakers, and I plan on upgrading at some point and I didn't want to mount the infinities via wall mount if the speakers I will upgrade to will have a better mounting option that can be flush mount. I was hoping I could find a set of speakers that I also could flush mount and not have to put holes in my wall if I could help it. I will mount the brackets if there is no other way, but my point is, if the speakers I purchase have a flush mount option, then I would go for that, unless a flush mount option is not the best idea.
The reason I say if a flush mount is not a valid option is because of where the speaker wire plates are and aiming. As you can see, they are up high, so, in order to mount the speaker and keep the plate and the wire hidden, you would also have to mount the speaker up high as well to cover the wire and plate. However, if you mount them flush, then that means the speakers would be pointing straight out from the wall. My question about that is, I am under the impression that surrounds need to be placed just above head level. That is not an option in my living room configuration, so that brings me to the point of aiming. Since I will have to mount them up high, does that mean I need to aim them downward? Also, if I need to aim them downward, is it best to keep them pointing straight again, or would I also need to angle them so they are pointing toward the listening area?
Also, I am considering having another set of speaker wire plates installed on the left and right side of the living room so I can set up 2 side channel speakers, however, as you can see, on the left side, there is a window, and on the right side there is that roughly 2 foot drop down from the ceiling before it opens into the front door area. This means the side channel speakers will also have to be mounted up high.
As you can see, I currently have my rear speakers on stands behind the couch and I just have the speaker wire running across the living room floor until I do a permanent rear wall mount. My living room is a bit wider than it is deep, so, when I am on the couch, I am about 6 to 7 feet from the front wall, and the couch is about 3 to 4 feet from the back wall, and about 4 feet from the left and right walls. I didn't want to push the couch all the way up against the back wall because the bar between the kitchen and the living room has a counter top that sticks out a little and if you were pushed up all the way against the back wall, you would be right up against that counter top overhang, also, my couch has recliners built in and they are not wall huggers. Also, I have end tables on either side of my couch and pushing it against the rear wall would cause the left end table to block the path from the kitchen to the living room. If having the couch up against the rear wall is a better idea, I could do it by removing one end table, and leave the couch out just enough to clear the wall when it is reclined, which would be about less than a foot.
Also, I wasn't sure if having the couch placed near the rear wall would be a good idea as having your head, when sitting in the couch, near the rear wall where the rear surrounds are placed would be an issue with sound, since your head would technically be right in line with the same plane as the speakers, especially if I mount these arm type speaker mounts, the rear speakers would almost be sticking out even with or even in front of your ears, or if it's better to put a little space between the rear wall where the speakers are mounted and your sitting position.
I was hoping someone could give me some advice on mounting options, placement and aiming.