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Surround sound speaker placement question?

I got my Klipsch bookshelf speakers for left and right surround. They are on monoprice 34" stands. Any concern with this? Seating is slight below speaker height. I can put the speakers almost exactly to right and left of seated position (at 90 degrees) about 8' to either side of seated position, or I can put them back 2-3 feet and angle them towards seated position. If I put them back maybe to 100 , should they be pointed directly at seated position or more towards center of room? I see both. Thanks!

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And is it better to have the surrounds place outside of front left and right channels, closer to seating position, further away, or mute point? Thanks!!!!

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I got my Klipsch bookshelf speakers for left and right surround. They are on monoprice 34" stands. Any concern with this? Seating is slight below speaker height. I can put the speakers almost exactly to right and left of seated position (at 90 degrees) about 8' to either side of seated position, or I can put them back 2-3 feet and angle them towards seated position. If I put them back maybe to 100 , should they be pointed directly at seated position or more towards center of room? I see both. Thanks!
Should be fine for the height. Typical recommendation is tweeter = at or slightly above ear level. I've heard systems in which they were well above ear level and still sounded excellent.

As for the positioning relative to seating, do all of them. Seriously, it is what sounds best to you in your particular space. 90-110, aimed at the MLP more or less - BUT - again, try different angles and aims until it sounds best to you on some familiar content. I have my sides at 80-ish, so in front of the listeners a bit, in a 7.2.4 system, and this works great. Actually it's not bad either when just running in 5.2.0. While I can place at 90, it's not ideal for my space, but yours will be different so of course try there for sure. If you have multiple seating positions, be sure to try them all out, unless it's pretty much just you, then optimize for the MLP. I shared the love a bit with the other positions on a 3-person couch.

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And is it better to have the surrounds place outside of front left and right channels, closer to seating position, further away, or mute point? Thanks!!!!

The best location is where you can't localize the speakers. Too close, you will notice there is a speaker there, and it can be distracting rather than giving you enjoyable sound. Other than that, it won't matter too much. I'd opt to get them away from the listener, but you've got them on stands, so you can experiment with this, which is very nice.

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I got my Klipsch bookshelf speakers for left and right surround. They are on monoprice 34" stands. Any concern with this? Seating is slight below speaker height. I can put the speakers almost exactly to right and left of seated position (at 90 degrees) about 8' to either side of seated position, or I can put them back 2-3 feet and angle them towards seated position. If I put them back maybe to 100 , should they be pointed directly at seated position or more towards center of room? I see both. Thanks!
It is sometime recommended to have the tweeter of the surrounds 1 - 2 feet above ear level in order to improve the overall atmospheric effects that surrounds offer. Slightly behind, and pointed towards the listening position (but not angled down/up towards ear level) is also another recommended position.

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Thanks...I will spread them out as far from listening position and start with 90 degree.....as I have to use stands and the speakers each weigh around 7lb the only ones I could find were monoprice monolith and the tallest they have is 32". If you all know of a better stand that puts the speakers a little higher, please post!!! Thanks!!!

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Thanks...I will spread them out as far from listening position and start with 90 degree.....as I have to use stands and the speakers each weigh around 7lb the only ones I could find were monoprice monolith and the tallest they have is 32". If you all know of a better stand that puts the speakers a little higher, please post!!! Thanks!!!
I just started using those stands with my surrounds and they work great.Filled them up with kitty litter to deaden the metal vibrations of stand.They are on sides of my couch a bit behind my seating positioned and aimed at front speaker-left sur. to right front and right sur. to left front.

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One last question...'best' WFA placement for me is slight back in the back left and back right corners of the room with the speakers angled in towards opposite front speakers. The current seating reclining chairs and unless I recline both on of the speakers will may be slightly obstructed by the back of the chair. I would think this is not an issue since the speaker are angled more towards center of room rather than directly at listening position. Of course I can always recline both chair if I need to to completely eliminate an obstruction.

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One last question...'best' WFA placement for me is slight back in the back left and back right corners of the room with the speakers angled in towards opposite front speakers. The current seating reclining chairs and unless I recline both on of the speakers will may be slightly obstructed by the back of the chair. I would think this is not an issue since the speaker are angled more towards center of room rather than directly at listening position. Of course I can always recline both chair if I need to to completely eliminate an obstruction.
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One last question...'best' WFA placement for me is slight back in the back left and back right corners of the room with the speakers angled in towards opposite front speakers. The current seating reclining chairs and unless I recline both on of the speakers will may be slightly obstructed by the back of the chair. I would think this is not an issue since the speaker are angled more towards center of room rather than directly at listening position. Of course I can always recline both chair if I need to to completely eliminate an obstruction.

Well, if it's negotiable, then place them where they sound best, not what's best WAF placement. If it's not negotiable, or you're just trying to stay in good graces, well then you've already answered the question.

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