Awkward setup? Help me adjust my speakers/furniture.

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  1. Cramer Nelson

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    As you can see by the pictures below I am currently running a 3.1 system (I will expand to 5.1 soon) in my bedroom. The center channel at first fit very well into the shelf that it's in, but I'm worried that I'm hurting the acoustics. Is the bookshelf blocking out sound and draining it out?

    Also, I don't like how when I lie on my bed to listen I am getting all my sound from the left. Any ideas on how to rearrange my furniture for the optimal 3.1 (and potentially 5.1) surround setup?

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    Am I missing something? There's no TV in the room?
     
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    Maybe he uses the goggles from Demolition Man...But, you are getting all the sound from "left" cause that is where your head is. I guess you could out your headboard in the window.
     
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    I have 5.1 DVD-Audio discs and am also planning to use this in the future (with a TV) after I move into an apartment.

    I've been contemplating moving my bed to stick out of the back wall to face the windows and have the towers on either side of the opposite wall with the center on a makeshift 24" stand in front of the right window. The surrounds will go on either sides of my bed.
     
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    Welcome to the forum Cramer. :)

    It looks like your speakers are set up more for looks than performance so heres some basic tweaks.

    I would move that left speaker out away from the corner. You dont want any speaker close to a reflective surface (like a wall) if you can help it. Your mains should be spread about the same distance as your seated distance from the center speaker while still avoiding side walls. You can also research what materials you can put on the wall to absorb that strong first reflection point your left speaker is producing, its a cheap fix that will make a big difference. Also once you move the bed, and put the night stand where the chair is, that will give that left speaker room to do its job correctly.

    When you have rearranged your seating to in front of the center you will want to toe in both speakers slightly so that they seem to be pointing to the side of your head. This should give you the best imaging but experiment with your angle and youll be amazed how well you can lock the sound to the center. Almost all speakers require some toe-in to image properly, currently you probably have zero sound field.

    Its good that you have that center all the way out to the front edge of the shelf, the book shelf shouldnt be affecting the center speaker sound much, but it looks like the speaker is sitting directly on the shelf. Use foam or something soft under the center to decouple it from its wood shelf.

    Cool poster choices btw.
     
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    Thanks, Type A. I'm waiting for my new Monoprice cables to arrive and once they do I'll start rearranging. Pics will follow. I found rubber feet in the center channel's box and I'll use those as you mentioned. This is a quick diagram of how the setup will look. The towers at the front will be a foot away from each wall in case you can't see it.

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    Here's how the new layout has come along. I want to get a stand for my center but I don't know how high it should be. Sanus sells both 18" and 22" sizes. Should I get the 18" because I have a large center speaker? Or should I get the 22" because my bed seems to block the sound? The mains are short so should I get a short stand?

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    I would get whatever combination of stands it takes to get the tweeters of all three speakers "ear height".
     
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    I would get whatever combination of stands it takes to get the tweeters of all three speakers "ear height".
     

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