Originally Posted by therippa
Bought my first house, and for the first time in 19 years I won't be running speaker wires along baseboards and in stick-on conduit!
We're having all the work done in a few weeks, and wanted to check out my placement/measurements/math. Setting up for 5.1.x, all Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers, and Hsu VTF-2 MK5. Everything will be terminated to wall jacks (all of the A/V equipment will be in the storage room right behind the TV), so I want to make sure the placement of everything is right to try to minimize visible wires.
The spacing of the front surrounds should allow for a ~120" projector screen in the future. I'm having them install a power outlet and a smurf tube to dead center on the ceiling at the far wall the couch is against.
Also, I'd like opinions on the never-ending debate over 5.1.2 vs 5.1.4 Atmos with the couch against the back wall. While I may be able to move the couch out a foot in the future, the currently the WAF will not allow it. I've done the geometry for .2 and .4, with the rear heights just being as far back as I can have them installed. Is it even worth it? Is incorrect 5.1.4 still better than 5.1.2?
If you search for sound quality with “sofa on back wall” you and the wife will understand why moving it forward definitely produces better audio.
As for placement of speakers, print off something from Dolby’s web sight showing the correct pattern for the configuration you’re looking for. You can give that to the installer, and see that he follows the layout.
Wire for 5.1.4. It will be there when you are ready.
Make sure he uses approved in wall speaker wire...CL2/CL3. Many of us here recommend spools from www.monoprice.com
You can check pricing yourself.
Make sure you use the proper gauge wire...longer runs need lower gauge.
“Front surrounds”?? What’s this?
The 4, is 4 in the ceiling. See www.Dolby.com
BTW, 4 is better than 2.
Would love to see you pull the towers forward a bit, and the sofa away from the wall too! It’s proper.