Originally Posted by A.Ik
I'm sorry if this is the wrong thread but I'm moving soon and needed some help with speaker placement. I'll be using the NAD t758 v3 (paired with as of yet undecided speakers) in an open floor plan living room. I'm a bit uncertain as to what would be the ideal speaker configuration and placement. The house is being built so I'm hoping to get the speaker wiring done beforehand. I was thinking 5.2.4 but I'm not sure where i would place the surrounds and overhead speakers. Ideally I'd like for them to be ceiling mounted (or even in ceiling) except for the front 3 which would be floorstanding plus center channel. The ceiling is 11 feet high. Hope I've given enough info to go on. I'm mostly concerned with how far apart (with my admittedly limited knowledge) it look like the surrounds would need to be, would the NADs room correction be of any help? I'm honestly not even very certain of where the surrounds should go.
This is why theaters don't gel with open floor plans.
Sorry, but it's the truth. You can get it to work, though just how well it works is a matter of how much you're willing to compromise to get speakers closest to where they really should be. The other factors we have to deal with are acceptance of others (spouse) in the home to having audio equipment around that isn't particularly discrete. Others here have pointed out that location of the speakers is important. I will say that at least the NAD's Dirac Live will give you the best chance of making whatever speaker placement you can get sound its best. Good choice there.
As mentioned, you need to have the "bed layer" at ear level. Do whatever you can to achieve that. In-wall speakers can be far better for the front three than ceiling speakers. You can find "aim-able" ceiling speakers, but they never give you the same immersive effect as properly placed free-standing or in-wall speakers. Mixing ceiling speakers for the bed layer with ceiling speakers for Atmos is an abject lesson in how to get mushy voice-of-God sound.
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