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Rear surround speaker placement.

Looking for the best place for my rears.

My recroom is a rectangle, however the theatre area is square.

We'll say the screen is on the north wall. I have a west wall, but no east wall. There is a large sectional that spans the width of the seating area.

Is the best placement on stands behind the sectional, or one mounted on the west wall, and the other on the bulkhead on the east?

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Need more info:

Do you mean side surround speakers (5.1) or rear surround speakers (7.1)?

Is this a traditional 5.1/7.1 system or Atmos?

Are the surround speakers direct radiating or dipole/bipole (make/model would help)?

Is the seating up against the back wall, or is there space behind?

Some pics of the room would be very helpful.
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Need more info:



Do you mean side surround speakers (5.1) or rear surround speakers (7.1)?



Is this a traditional 5.1/7.1 system or Atmos?



Are the surround speakers direct radiating or dipole/bipole (make/model would help)?



Is the seating up against the back wall, or is there space behind?



Some pics of the room would be very helpful.
Ok, so I'm currently running RC80i as rear surrounds. These will be repurposed so my system will be 5.1.2.

I'm not sure on the rear placement because after reading for days, some say ear level, some say put them up (red spots).

***I apologize for my daughters mess. Kids!!

If I get rears, which I'm still trying to determine what to get, and put them on floor stands, I can spread them out a bit better, giving my flexibility.

I also have to figure if my ceilings work where they are, but that's and ez move if needed. (Blue)

The fronts are ELAC, which I'm building around. The center and sub are on out, once I've got the 5.1.2 up. The receiver is the Denon Avr-x3600h.

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You could get by with your current plans (red dots are surrounds, blue dots are Atmos). Though, it might sound better if the surrounds were at ear-level at the same spots, meaning on speaker stands or wall-mounted.

btw, your sub doesn't half to be angled, that doesn't make a difference at all.

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I'm not sure on the rear placement because after reading for days, some say ear level, some say put them up
I've never seen a theater with surrounds at ear level. Granted, home is not like even a small theatre, but still. Now surround MUSIC, those surrounds should be at ear level aimed at the listener.
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Once your rear speakers are positioned, raising the front ones would be a really good idea.
Reason?

The left front, in particular, even though reinforced by its corner-wall position, looks like some of its signal is aimed at -- and going to be partially absorbed by -- the plush couch!

Me, when it comes to speaker placement, will always prefer to have FRONTS as close to ear level as is manageable.
That is, with the speaker's center at ear level.

Been a very long time (college dorms & cheap apartments) since even my simple stereo configurations left hooked-up speakers as "floor standing."
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Once your rear speakers are positioned, raising the front ones would be a really good idea.

Reason?



The left front, in particular, even though reinforced by its corner-wall position, looks like some of its signal is aimed at -- and going to be partially absorbed by -- the plush couch!



Me, when it comes to speaker placement, will always prefer to have FRONTS as close to ear level as is manageable.

That is, with the speaker's center at ear level.



Been a very long time (college dorms & cheap apartments) since even my simple stereo configurations left hooked-up speakers as "floor standing."

Worst experience had to do with kitty-cat fondness for claw-sharpening on grill cloth or other coverings.



Just another thought for you, FWIW...
You are bang on with the front left. I'm looking for something esthetically pleasing to raise them, but didn't have that as a priority.

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If you read the Dolby Atmos papers their guidance is to place all the main 5.x.z or 7.x.z speakers including the surrounds at ear level. The Atmos speakers are up high.

Of course the old guidance for 5.x was to put my bipoles/dipoles up high and I can't move one of them down with a media shelf in the way.

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Well I found a mint set of Elac Debut 2.0's for a great price, but they are the 6's, so large!

I'm going to keep them at ear lvl. Hooked them to the 3600 and reconfigured to 5.1.2.

Put on some Mandalorian to test out.

I can't wait to go to 5.1.4!!
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