The second option looks far closer to the Dolby "ideal" layout.Hi all,
I have a 5.1 system that I am upgrading to 5.1.4. The room dimensions are 16' X 12'. Ceiling is 88''. MLP ear to celing is 53''. MLP to back wall is 33''. Because of the drop-ceiling tile locations and other elements, I am left with these potentials 2 options for in-ceiling placement. The top rears are pretty much locked in, it's the top fronts that I am looking for advice on helping choose. Top speakers are represented by the circle drawings.
Option 1 has the TF closer to me. It has the advantage of being more symetrical. The disadvantage is everything is very close to me, so I am outside the recommended 30 to 55 degree angle for the top speakers.
Option 2 has the TF farther from me. Also with this option I would move the MLP forward 9''. The advantage is the distance between the MLP and the Top front is ideal, and also adds further distance with the Top back speakers. The disadvantage is that the speakers a not as symmetric. And the position of the Top Front are very close to the main L and R speakers (3 feet), which I'm not sure if it's a problem or not.
The attachments might explain better.
This will be run through the Denon AVR-X4500H and I will run Audissey, which may or may not compensate for any placement I choose. But since I'm only going to do this once (installation), I'd like to pick the best possible spot.
To note: 95% of the time this is used by one person so I looking for optimal placement for a single person - if it's not ideal for multiple listeners I am fine with that.