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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   dsway



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Posted June 07 2011 - 01:23 PM

We are in the proccess of building our dedicated 13x22 home theater. We have 2 rows of seating with about 3 feet to the side walls and 5 feet from the back wall. Is this room big enough for 7.1 or should we do 5.1. We are using Def. Tech. Mythos STs for the mains, Mythos ten for the Center, and Gem XLs for surrounds. We are using an epson 9700 and a 120" screen. If the Mythos STs and the ten were behind velvet curtains would it affect the sound much? Thanks for any help.

#2 of 4 OFFLINE   Robert_J


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Posted June 07 2011 - 01:31 PM

If the Mythos STs and the ten were behind velvet curtains would it affect the sound much?

Yes.  Velvet is a heavy material and it will muffle the upper mids and highs.  Maybe your receiver's EQ will compensate for it when auto calibrating but probably not.

#3 of 4 OFFLINE   JohnRice


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Posted June 07 2011 - 04:05 PM

You want to put velvet in FRONT of the speakers? I'd scrap the entire idea of an HT first. In other words, no, that is not a good dea.

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Posted June 08 2011 - 01:53 AM

Originally Posted by dsway 

Is this room big enough for 7.1 or should we do 5.1.

Your room geometry sounds like it will definitely support a 7.1 setup.  The key to going 7.1 is having some distance between the seating and the back wall (which you have).  Here's a guide to speaker placement that is a really handy resource.

Keep in mind, there isn't a whole lot of native 7.1 material out there (but the list is growing).  I wouldn't "force" a 7.1 system if it will seriously compromise the quality of the speakers you get.  If budget is tight, you can plan for 7.1 in the future (i.e. run wire for the rear surrounds), but get a 5.1 speaker system for now.  You can always add the last two speakers at a later date. Never mind - it sounds like you have all the speakers already.

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