Surround Placement

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  1. Roy Wallace

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    Hello everyone:
    I am preparing to wire my new house with a modest HT by installing in wall speaker wiring, and I have a question about where to terminate the wire runs for the surrounds.
    I had planned on placing my two surrounds on the rear wall, about two feet above the listening area, and six feet apart. I also want to supply wires for the extra speakers in a 6.1 or 7.1 system, in case I want to upgrade.
    As I do not have side walls, will the center surround be too close to the others if I mount this speaker directly behind at the same level as the other two rear speakers?
    Will the front surround be acceptable on the wall above the center channel?
    Any suggestions or comments about surround placement are welcomed. Also, if I have miss understood 6.1/7.1 theory, please help me.[​IMG]
    Thanks
    RW
     
  2. Jim_Stu

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    Roy,

    I have heard most are using two rear center speakers

    instead of one in the exact center. The reason is, if one

    speaker is placed directly behind, the sound

    will seem to come from in front instead of behind. In your

    case with only a 6 foot spread, I would put in wiring for

    two additional speakers, each one 18 inches inside of, and

    slightly below each rear speaker.

    JRS
     
  3. Roy Wallace

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    Thanks, Jim.

    RW
     
  4. Jerome Grate

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    Roy, depending on what you plan to get, 6.1 would give you the mono rear center channel as oppose to 7.1 will give you stereo rear center channels. depending on how your house is configured 7.1 application can be done but if you have all your surround speakers on the back wall even if lyou put the center channels 18 inches apart, it will be difficult to tell where the sound is coming from. Maybe a layout of the area may activate on of our many informed members to pointing out the right direction.
     
  5. Roy Wallace

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    I would like to provide a diagram, but I am web page challenged and do not have any place to host an image.

    I am afraid if I tried to describe the room, I would confuse everyone...

    Is there any other way to post a scanned diagram?

    Thanks for the input all the same, Jerome

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  6. Grady Hollums

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    Sounds to me that if you do not have side walls that you should put the surrounds in the celing and then leave room for the 6.1/7.1 rear channel on the back wall.
     
  7. Roy Wallace

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    Thanks.

    RW
     
  8. Mal P

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    Jerome - I do believe the two rear center channels in 7.1 setups (DD EX, DTS ES etC) are mono. They both produce identical sound.

    Cheers,

    Mal
     
  9. RyanL

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    Mal is correct. The 7.1 just uses 2 speakers to produce a mono signal, just like DPL.
     
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