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I'm setting up a 5.1 system in a "great room" and after much negotiation with the SO, there are 3 choices for placement of the rear speakers:


1. In the wall (parallel to the TV screen) that is 14 feet behind where we sit.


2. In the sloped ceiling above where we sit. The 2 speakers would be at different heights: left - 5.5 feet, right - 8 feet).


3. In the side walls (relative to where we sit). In this arrangement, the rear right would actually be slightly forward of where we sit while the rear left would be about 2 feet behind where we sit.


I know that none of these arrangements are anywhere close to ideal but I'm just looking for the lesser of the 3 evils. Any thoughts?


Thanks,

Bil


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I would go with option #1. At least in that configuration they would be on the same plane.
 

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14' is too far way.


I would go with option 2, but place them a little further back. You want to be around 5-6 feet behind the main seating location.

I would also like you to use directional in-ceiling speakers so you can aim them towards the proper location, and so that the angled ceiling doesn't cause issues.
 

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Go with option #25 because sooner than you think that's how many options you will get!! I MIGHT be buying a house soon so I might have to go with in walls for rear surrounds instead of bi-poles on the sides. If you buy a quality in wall surround option #1 would be my choice, especially if your receiver does Audyssey.


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Originally Posted by SnakeDoctor  /t/1417297/need-rear-speaker-placement-advice/0_100#post_22162867


1. In the wall (parallel to the TV screen) that is 14 feet behind where we sit.

That would be way too far back--these are side surrounds, not back surrounds.
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Originally Posted by SnakeDoctor  /t/1417297/need-rear-speaker-placement-advice/0_100#post_22162867


2. In the sloped ceiling above where we sit. The 2 speakers would be at different heights: left - 5.5 feet, right - 8 feet).


3. In the side walls (relative to where we sit). In this arrangement, the rear right would actually be slightly forward of where we sit while the rear left would be about 2 feet behind where we sit.

My preferred option would be to place the speakers in the side walls directly across from one another and about 2' above the viewers. Place them as far back as the right wall allows, and then move the seats forward until the viewers' ears are even with the surround speakers or slightly in front.
 
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