5.1 or 6.1?

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  1. joedaddy5771

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    Just setup a new 5.1 system and loving it. Replaced a 12 year old system. Here is my question. My sofa is pushed all the way to the wall I have my back speakers on, would I get a better sound field if I added a center rear speaker making it a 6.1. My pioneer sc-71 has room correction. Thank you
     
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    If your seating is "pushed all the way back", no...you don't have room for 6 or 6/7.
     
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    Couldn't I place it center high?
     
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    Center rear (6.1) and/or back surround speakers (7.1) should be placed several feet behind the listening position to be properly effective.

    Technically speaking, your surround speakers (for 5.1) should not be on the back wall behind the listener - they should be off to the sides, and slightly behind.

    See this guide.

    Given your sofa position in the room, you literally and figuratively have your back up against a wall, so it's a less than ideal solution no matter how you cut it.

    My rule of thumb has always been: more is not necessarily better and I would rather have a properly set up 5.1 system than a poorly set up 6.1 or 7.1 system any day of the week.
     
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    Got it thank you
     

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