Wives, girlfriends, and home theatre

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  1. RAMBOZOTHECLOWN

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    So, I finally got a surround set up, it's a box setup Sony ht-ss2300. I set it up today while the girlfriend was at work. She was skeptical when I picked this up off Craigslist for $80.00, and definitely had some doubts. She is happy with our televisions stock speakers. Anyways to get to the point, we have a rectangular living room probaly 10' × 20', and a sectional couch that only fits one way, so this pretty much dictates where the entertainment center has to go. The way we view the television is at a 45º angle in the room, and needless to say this puts one of my surround speakers out into the middle of the ceiling. She's not happy, and says it is now the focal point of the room. Any advice, on dealing with my set up, or smoothing it over with the significant other would be helpful. Also we have small children so low hanging fruit is not an option.
     
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    Not really. Your room and subsequent layout is the problem and short of changing the room I see her issue as valid.

    Using only the front three channels will still be an improvement over the TV speakers, does the Sony have processing options that would allow you to skip using the surround channels? Even if it doesnt the surround speakers are only for effect, its not preferred but you can always just remove the surround speakers and admit defeat in your current room. What about using a sound bar instead? Finally heres a shot of my zone 2. Dont underestimate the improvement a simple pair of bookshelf speakers can be over your TV speakers:

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    That Sony doesn't have a 3 channel mode.Not sure what happens if you remove the back two. (Some HTiB don't work at all if one speaker is removed).You can't slide the TV/EC down the wall?
     
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    Yeah, it's the front left actually that ends up in the middle of the ceiling, if I put it on the wall it ends up behind my center speaker, unless I put it 10 feet down the wall.
     
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    No, I cannot move the television because one side has a fireplace, the other has a patio door.
     
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    And what is wrong with 10' down the wall?
     
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    That would put my front left about 20' away, and my front right about 10' from the viewing area.
     
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    Here are some pictures of the room. I do think I am going to reroute the wires through the attic though.
     
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    Your pictures aren't working try again using "more reply options" at the bottom right of the reply box. Add them there.
     
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    Yeah, just saw that, I am posting from my phone. Let me try my photbucket account.
     
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    You could hang the TV on the wall where the mirror is now. Do you use the fireplace?

    If you can't hang it(your house or rent?) you could build a stand around the fire place for the TV. I would use something metal for the base of the TV for heat dissipation.
     
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    The other option...

    Slide the couch down and but it up against the wall...then people just have to walk to the right and in front to get around...not optimal...but that room is a television viewing nightmare.
     
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    Yeah we use it. I had considered it, but the heat issue kills that idea.
     
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    Now I see the last pic.

    Take the recliner from where it is...slide the couch over...then float the recliner in the room where the big window is.
     
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    If that is a plasma, it won't bother it. LCD, it will.
     
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    Basically for heat to bother a plasma(as long is it sits where the mirror is now...no lower) you'd have to have such a fire going you'd have bigger issues to worry about than heating up your TV.
     

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