Can I Get Good Sound with My Speakers Directly Under and to the Sides of My Screen?

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Larry Talbot, Nov 10, 2003.

  1. Larry Talbot

    Larry Talbot Second Unit

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    In my new and evolving home theater set-up I have my front speakers directly to the sides of my screen while my center is directly under it. The screen is hanging from the ceiling about three feet from the back wall. This is ideal for viewing purposes, but the sound is not so good...Sounds I remember from repeatedly viewing certain scenes are no longer audible from the seating area. This could be from the placement of the speakers, but it could also be because I'm now watching movies in an unfinished basement with no carpet or proper sound absorption...I tried moving my speakers away from the screen and the sound did improve, but not vastly...
    My question: can I keep my speakers to the sides and under the screen and still (eventually) get good sound? I plan to refinish the entire basement with that in mind....

    Any advice greatly appreciated!
     
  2. RichardH

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    Just make sure the fronts of the speakers are at least even and preferably a little in front of the screen. As in closer to you than the screen.

    I think you'll get a vast improvement in sound after finishing the basement. If you can, get some real diffusors, absorbers, bass traps, etc. and treat the room. Then you'll have amazing sound.

    Also, see if you can point the center channel up so that it fires directly at ear level at the listening position. That will help a lot w/ dialogue intelligibility as well.
     
  3. Ed O'Neill

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    Laryy does your reciever have adjust ments for decibles on each channel. The other thing is check to see if you connected the speakers in phase.

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  4. Larry Talbot

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    Thanks for the responses guys! I do have my center pointing slightly up and my Denon 3802 receiver does have adjustment levels for each speaker, calibrated with a Ratshack SLP meter.
     

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