Benefit of 6.1 in my small room?

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  1. KevinO

    KevinO Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi all, Don't know if this post belongs here or not, but here goes. I have a small dedicated HT that's about 13x10.5. My RPTV is along the long wall. I currently have a 5.1 setup, but am planning to upgrade my receiver to a Denon 2802, which is of course 6.1. My question is should I buy an additional rear speaker (I'm using the M&K k5s) or should I just stick with 5.1, given the size of my room. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
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    For the best sound, the rear center speakers should be at least a couple of feet back behind the listeners.

    Usually it's better to have two rear center speakers because a single speaker can sometimes produce the audible illusion that its sounds are coming from in front.

    I hope this helps a little.
     
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    If at all possible, reorient your setup so that the front speakers/tv are along the short wall, if only to take better advantage of the acoustic properties of your room. If that's possible, maybe then you can budget a few feet of space between your couch and the rear wall. If so, then I think you'd definitely benefit from 6.1. The effect isn't drastically different than 5.1, but I prefer it in almost all instances.

    (EDIT: I use a single center-rear speaker, and have never experienced the problem Seldon describes).
     

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