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Side Surround Speaker Position for Two Rows of Seating

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by JayhawkLaw, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. JayhawkLaw

    JayhawkLaw Auditioning

    Mar 12, 2013
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    I will be converting an attic space into a 7.2 (who knows, eventually maybe even 9.2 or 11.2) home theater. In order to fit enough family and friends, I need/want to have two rows of chairs. My question is what do I do about side surround speakers? Do I put one pair of multi-pole speakers even with the second row and let Audyssey sort out things out? Put said multi-pole speaker in between the seats (seems unlikely)? Is there a way to wire the side surrounds so two pair (one on the side of the first row and one on the side of the second row) play the same signal? Help! Thanks PS: I'm not an engineer, so please keep the explanations relatively physics-free.
  2. Jason Charlton

    Jason Charlton Ambassador

    May 16, 2002
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    Baltimore, MD
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    Jason Charlton
    Hi David,
    Do not try to "double up" on the surround speakers. More speakers does not equal better, and if you connect things the wrong way, you'll risk damage to your receiver.
    The way I would approach it is to decide for yourself which row will be the "ideal" seats. Then use the Dolby speaker placement guidelines (see here) and place the speakers so they are optimal for that row.
    Let Audyssey work things out to make the best for the other row. Don't worry - it's not as if the "non-ideal" row is going to sound like crap - most folks probably won't notice that much of a difference. It'll work out.
  3. Jim Mcc

    Jim Mcc Producer

    Feb 11, 2004
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    I agree. Decide where you sit most of the time(sweet spot) and place them accordingly.

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