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Hi - Due to an upcoming family addition, I have had to change my home theatre room into more an all purpose family room. My tv is now in a corner with the main sofa no longer parallel to the tv (please see the image below).


My best guess for a setup is with the center speaker (yellow) in front of the tv on stand, with FL and FR (purple) next to the tv facing outward the surround peakers (blue) next to couch facing inward. Also thinking about placing sub behind tv. All the TV watching will be from the sofa.


Due to baby stuff, the room setup is fixed. I'm going from 7.1 to hopefully 5.1.


Any thoughts? Thanks

 

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excluding "baby stuff" - is there no possibility of moving the TV to the "north" wall, left of the door opening (opposite the sofa) ?? If you are stuck with the off-angle setup, then just go with a good 3.1 setup.
 

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Yeah, forgo surrounds. With your couch fixed like that, it's just not practical. 3.1 is the best in this situation, although it's a compromise no matter what.
 

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Why can't you swap the TV and the chair by the door? Still leaves the whole right side open for "baby stuff".


I disagree on the rears comment.


Nothing wrong with rears beside the couch against a back wall - and 5.1 is better than 3.1 (unless budget doesn't allow buying 5 speakers).
 

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The picture is not quite to scale, there is not enough room to have the tv flat against the wall and the chair. Here is a slightly more accurate pic:




Can a sub placement work behind the tv?
 

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Can you put the second chair to the right and in front of the couch? If the couch is the viewing area, putting the TV straight across is best.


Since there is no room for TV and chair on the top wall, if the chair can't go as i suggested, can you just lose it (i.e. only have one chair)?


If you can move the TV to the right place, then put your sub where you have the TV drawn.
 

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Originally Posted by indian09 /forum/post/20855077


The picture is not quite to scale, there is not enough room to have the tv flat against the wall and the chair. Here is a slightly more accurate pic:




Can a sub placement work behind the tv?



What about this setup? I did everything to scale from your last one. May be too crowded for you, but who knows? You could put mounts up high on the walls for your rears and aim them to your listening area. Just a suggestion.


If you still wanted to use the end tables you could still use them for rear surrounds if you wanted.
 

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What you drew is what I had....it was ideal for a 7.1 setup, but times change and we need a more open setup.

Oh okay. So you haven't had the baby yet? I have a 10 month old and we didn't change anything til she was around 6 months old, since they don't start crawling til about then on average. The problem with a corner setup is not only that you won't get the most out of your system, but there is a place for the baby to get curious and crawl into. You might have to do what I did and get a wall unit or something higher up with closed doors.



What you drew the second time should work just fine, honestly. Just put the sub wherever you can, maybe to the left of your TV. I wouldn't do behind, but you can if you want. Depends on what sub you have. I'm starting to have trouble with my little one trying to stuff her toys down the port since it's front-ported
Hence the reason I'm looking at an Outlaw LFM-2 on craigslist that has the port underneath so she'll never know it's there. haha
 

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I had twins and I have two words for you.... Speaker grills. Oh and always leave them on because any floor speaker sitting on the floor without it's speaker grill on looks exactly like a ball and guess what little ones do when they see a ball????
 

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I had twins and I have two words for you.... Speaker grills. Oh and always leave them on because any floor speaker sitting on the floor without it's speaker grill on looks exactly like a ball and guess what little ones do when they see a ball????

Haha exactly. Grills also make it uninteresting. My daughter totally crawls past them. Totally opposite with my Energy RC-10 pair on the shelf. She stares at those like it's her favorite part of her momma's body haha
 

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Why can't you swap the TV and the chair by the door? Still leaves the whole right side open for "baby stuff".


I disagree on the rears comment.


Nothing wrong with rears beside the couch against a back wall - and 5.1 is better than 3.1 (unless budget doesn't allow buying 5 speakers).

It tally agree with stay in a 5.1 configuration vs 3.1. I too haves corner situation, and while my surrounds are not where would love them, it still sounds great. 5.1 is the way to go.
 

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Originally Posted by indian09 /forum/post/20855077


The picture is not quite to scale, there is not enough room to have the tv flat against the wall and the chair. Here is a slightly more accurate pic:




Can a sub placement work behind the tv?



I have a similar setup, but my room is massive, so the couch is diagonal and parallel with the TV. I have yet to figure out how I am going to set up my surrounds, but I have two Energy CB-5's on the way.


As for your sub question, yes it will work behind the TV. I just had to play with which to fire it. I ended up firing it straight at the TV with the back caddy corner to the wall and it sounds great! Honestly, if you can turn your couch and have it lined up with the TV do it. Otherwise you are going to have a crick in your neck, lol!
 

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OP: I'm certainly no expert on this, but am forced into a corner placement as you are. I have my surrounds about 2ft outboard of the ends of the couch, and about 2-3 ft above ear position. Works pretty well for me. I have my sub right next to the end of the couch in the corner of the room.
 

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Given that you are stuck with the corner set-up, I think I'd try to move the right-rear surround to somewhere around the door on the "north" wall, so that it was more symmetric to the left surround (in terms of it's position wrt the TV in the corner). Maybe even on the wall above the door frame. I can understand how getting the wire to it might be an issue - but it seems like it could be put behind baseboard moldings along the floor, and either follow the door-frame up and over, or perhaps just slip under carpet.


I had a corner placement up until recently, and it was made worse by the fact that my front speakers were Def Tech bipolars, with front and rear-facing drivers. These really like to be in front of a flat wall (and with the distance to the wall behind them being within a certain +/- preferred distance). Now that I've put my TV on the wall (over a fireplace, actually, which has its own plusses and minuses), I am back to a nicer speaker placement, at least once I get my surrounds re-oriented!
 
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