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For 9 speakers (non atmos) do you place rear speakers behind you or angled?

Hello!
So I am curious because I see different configurations for 9 speakers and the back speakers are sometimes directly behind the user and some times more of an angle kind of like the front speakers.
Just wondering which one most users here prefer and why.
I have an Onkyo NR3010 which I love but I am thinking on one of the new Denons with the virtual Atmos height speaker.

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Dolby seems to indicate to aim them at the main listening position. Generally, speakers are best when heard closer to straight on, so that would confirm aiming them.

https://www.dolby.com/about/support/...-setup-guides/

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Hello!
So I am curious because I see different configurations for 9 speakers and the back speakers are sometimes directly behind the user and some times more of an angle kind of like the front speakers.
Just wondering which one most users here prefer and why.
I have an Onkyo NR3010 which I love but I am thinking on one of the new Denons with the virtual Atmos height speaker.

Thanks!
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You are looking at your second picture incorrectly. It is not showing the rear surrounds at an angle, but an alternate position for the side surrounds.

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You are looking at your second picture incorrectly. It is not showing the rear surrounds at an angle, but an alternate position for the side surrounds.
But that is my question...is it best to have them directly right behind me of like on that alternate one where it sort of matches the front ones.

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You are looking at your second picture incorrectly. It is not showing the rear surrounds at an angle, but an alternate position for the side surrounds.
To clarify (the forum is not letting me edit) I know that image is not showing a 9 speaker system so ignore that its showing that as an alternate surround. I am talking about the rear speakers placement.

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The second picture shows a 5.1 layout with two different locations for the surround speakers, not the rear surrounds in a 7.1 layout.

The rear surrounds go behind. A general rule of thumb is that when sitting in the main listening position turn you head 90 degrees left or right and if you can see the rear surround in your peripheral vision then the speakers are too far apart/not far enough back. Whether you have them facing straight out or angled in is personal preference, try both ways and see which you prefer. The first picture shows the rear speakers (7 & 8) behind the listener and facing straight out. It's all about compromises.

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